Children and staff at Georgia overnight camp test positive for coronavirus, CDC says – NBC News

A coronavirus outbreak was reported at an over night summer season camp in Georgia that did not require campers to use face masks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study Friday on the break out, stating that it shows kids are susceptible to the infection and “play an important role in transmission.”

The camp, which the CDC did not name, held an orientation for 120 staff members and more than 130 students in mid-June, according to its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The employee remained at the camp and on June 21 were signed up with by more than 360 campers varying in age from 6 to 19.

Days later, on June 23, a teenage employee left after developing chills and later on checked positive for the coronavirus. The camp began to send people home the following day and informed the states Department of Public Health.
Amongst the kids and staff who were evaluated for the virus, 260 came back positive, with 231 of them aged 17 or younger.
” Settings, like multi-day, over night summer camps, pose a special obstacle when it concerns avoiding the spread of contagious illness, considering the quantity of time campers and staff members invest in close proximity,” the CDC said in a news release.

The health department suggested that everyone who attended the camp get evaluated for the infection and self-quarantine. Those who checked positive were asked to separate. The camp shut down on June 27.
According to the CDC, the camp had everybody send paperwork that they had actually checked negative for the infection, however did not require campers to use face masks. Just employee needed to use masks.
The report also kept in mind that campers slept in cabins and got involved “in a range of indoor and outside activities, consisting of day-to-day energetic singing and cheering.”
” Asymptomatic infection was typical and possibly contributed to unnoticed transmission, as has been formerly reported,” the CDC report stated. “This investigation adds to the body of proof showing that kids of any ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection and, contrary to early reports, may play an important role in transmission.”

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The CDC stated in its news release that the proper usage of face masks, together with strenuous cleaning and social distancing, can help avoid the spread of the virus. These suggestions are included in the CDCs recently launched assistance for the reopening of schools, which has actually been under argument as the White House calls for schools to completely resume.

Minyvonne Burke

Minyvonne Burke is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.