Tue. Aug 4th, 2020

Nearly 300 Georgia Kid Campers Positive For Coronavirus: CDC

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Monday that certain businesses in the state would be able to reopen this week in a "small step forward" out of the social distancing measures meant to mitigate the novel coronavirus pandemic.

After attending a summer camp in north Georgia, nearly 300 campers and staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported Friday, adding to concerns about safely opening schools.

The campers were not required to wear masks, and many activities like singing and cheering were common, which left children vulnerable to spread of the virus.

After testing 344 attendees of YMCA Camp High Harbour at Lake Burton, in Clayton, Georgia, the CDC found that 76 percent tested positive for the coronavirus, and of those, 51 percent were between the ages of 6 10. A total of 597 Georgia residents attended the camp, with the median camper 12 years old, and the median age of staff members and trainees was 17.

The camp posted on its website that, “due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, we have made the careful decision to close YMCA Camp High Harbour for summer 2020. If your child was registered for camp,

you should have received an email notification. If you have questions, please contact our team at registration@highharbour.org or 770-532-2267.”

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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