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SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an Overnight Camp - Georgia, June 2020

OPEN MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report | 8 Aug 2020

CM Szablewski, KT Chang, MM Brown, VT Chu, AR Yousaf, N Anyalechi, PA Aryee, HL Kirking, M Lumsden, E Mayweather, CJ McDaniel, R Montierth, A Mohammed, NG Schwartz, JA Shah, JE Tate, E Dirlikov, C Drenzek, TM Lanzieri and RJ Stewart
Abstract
Limited data are available about transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), among youths. During June 17-20, an overnight camp in Georgia (camp A) held orientation for 138 trainees and 120 staff members; staff members remained for the first camp session, scheduled during June 21-27, and were joined by 363 campers and three senior staff members on June 21. Camp A adhered to the measures in Georgia’s Executive Order* that allowed overnight camps to operate beginning on May 31, including requiring all trainees, staff members, and campers to provide documentation of a negative viral SARS-CoV-2 test ≤12 days before arriving. Camp A adopted most† components of CDC’s Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps§ to minimize the risk for SARS-CoV-2 introduction and transmission. Measures not implemented were cloth masks for campers and opening windows and doors for increased ventilation in buildings. Cloth masks were required for staff members. Camp attendees were cohorted by cabin and engaged in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, including daily vigorous singing and cheering. On June 23, a teenage staff member left camp A after developing chills the previous evening. The staff member was tested and reported a positive test result for SARS-CoV-2 the following day (June 24). Camp A officials began sending campers home on June 24 and closed the camp on June 27. On June 25, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) was notified and initiated an investigation. DPH recommended that all attendees be tested and self-quarantine, and isolate if they had a positive test result.
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Adolescent, Adult, Camping, Child, Coronavirus Infections, Disease Outbreaks, Female, Georgia, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Pandemics, Pneumonia, Viral, Young Adult
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