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Georgia overnight campers test positive for COVID-19

August 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (CBS46) -- At least 85 people have contracted COVID-19 after a counselor and 17-year-old girl tested positive for the virus while at YMCA Camp Harbour.

(CBS46) -- At least 85 people have contracted COVID-19 after a counselor and 17-year-old girl tested positive for the virus while at YMCA Camp Harbour. From June 17-20 the overnight camp held orientation which included 138 trainees and 120 staff members.

At that time, parents were promptly notified of the opportunity to pick up their children. We also began working closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health and CDC to provide information pertaining to camp, so they would have a better understanding of the effects COVID-19 has on children. It’s never a pleasant when someone tests positive for COVID-19, but we are thankful for the support and understanding of campers, parents and staff during this situation. "In May, Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order that allowed children to return to camps with several COVID safety measures in place.

The Georgia Department of Public Health says, "We have since learned of additional positive COVID-19 test results of campers and staff, but cannot confirm a number. ""These findings demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 spread efficiently in a youth-centric overnight setting, resulting in high attack rates among persons in all age groups, despite efforts by camp officials to implement most recommended strategies to prevent transmission.

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