Monday, 03 August, 2020

Coronavirus spread among children in Georgia youth camp, CDC says

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Gustavo Carr | 01 August, 2020, 06:10

A health investigation started June 25 found that 260 of 344 people for whom test results were available were positive.

The camp held an orientation for 138 trainees and 120 staff members from June 17 to June 20 - the vast majority of whom were themselves aged 21 and under.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order on June 11 allowing campers and workers to attend overnight camps if they received a negative COVID-19 test within 12 days of starting camp. While campers began to be sent home that same day, the camp did not officially close until three days later, the CDC said.

Staff members were required to wear cloth face masks. The number of reported infections continued climbing after the closing, with at least 85 kids and counselors coming down with the virus after their time at the camp's Lake Burton location. That's more than a third of the almost 600 Georgia residents who attended, according to the CDC's report.

One June 23, a teenage staff member left camp after developing chills the previous evening.

"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", the research study authors composed. Additionally, camp attendees engaged in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that included daily vigorous singing and cheering, which might have contributed to transmission. The summer camp outbreak added to Georgia's already dismal numbers with more than 170,000 confirmed positive cases and over 3,600 deaths.

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Although the CDC did not identify the camp, CBS affiliate WGCL reported on an outbreak at a Georgia camp in June. The YMCA's Camp High Harbor in Rabun County was forced to shut down after 260 of the tested residents had positive results.

The attack rate is the total number of new cases divided by the total at-risk population.

Lastly, researchers said they have no way of gauging an attendee's "individual adherence" to measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Authors of the report noted the review was limited by its knowledge set, which didn't contain all the campers and thus could be lacking more similar situations.

In accordance to the report produced Friday, the outbreak at the camp identified only as "Camp A" indicates children "might play an critical goal in transmission".

The report is sure to increase fuel to an previously polarizing nationwide discussion about regardless of whether sending youngsters back again to crowded faculty structures is really worth the possibility, in substantial portion mainly because so little facts has been obtainable about children's vulnerability to the infection and their capability to transmit the virus.