NEW YORK – A Georgia night camp affected by a coronavirus outbreak took many precautions, but did not compel campers to wear face masks or adequate ventilation in buildings, according to a government report released Friday.
The camp followed disinfection rules and required staff to wear face masks, but campers did not have to wear face shields.
Health officials said “relatively large” groups of children slept in the same cabin where they regularly sang and cheered, which likely led to the spread.
Nearly 600 people were in the night camp, which was not identified in the report by Georgia health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The media reported that a large outbreak occurred at that time at a YMCA camp in Lake Burton, Rabun County, near the state’s northern border with North Carolina.
Campers were 6 to 19 years old, and many of the employees were teens. The cabins had between 16 and 26 people.
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The report said this was “relatively large,” but did not clearly say if it was too large. Health researchers blamed the camp for not opening enough windows and doors to increase circulation in the buildings.
The report says a teenage staff member developed chills the night of June 22 and left the camp the next day.
The camp began sending campers home two days later, when the staff member tested positive for the coronavirus. The camp notified state health officials and closed the camp on June 27.
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The test results were available for 344 people, and 260 of them, about three-quarters, were positive.
The report found that the percentage of infected campers was higher among younger children than among older children. It was also higher in children who were in camp for longer periods of time.
Authorities recorded information about the symptoms of only 136 children. Of them, 100 reported symptoms, mainly fever, headache, and sore throat.
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