Hundreds of Georgia Youth Campers Test Positive for CCP Virus

Hundreds of Georgia Youth Campers Test Positive for CCP Virus

Hundreds of children contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19) at a summer camp in the USA state of Georgia last month, health authorities said Friday, adding to a growing body of evidence that minors are both susceptible to infection and vectors of 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. Out of the 260 who tested positive, 51 were between the age of 6 to 10 and 180 between 11 to 17 years old, according to the report.

Among 597 Georgia residents, including campers, staff members, and trainees, the attack rate was 44%, reported Christine M. Szablewski, DVM, of the Georgia Department of Public Health, and colleagues. Cloth masks were required for staff members.

By contrast, 19% of Diamond Princess cruise ship passengers tested positive for COVID-19 in February and March. The statement pointed out that by not demanding campers to have on masks, or airing out cabins, the camp had not followed CDC reopening guidance, and also pointed to "daily vigorous singing and shouting" as prospective contributing factors. "This investigation provides to the physique of evidence demonstrating that children of all ages are inclined to SARS-CoV-2 infection".

According to the report, the camp started sending campers home immediately the day the staff member tested positive and ultimately shut down a few days later on June 27.

The CDC stated that the age demographics of the results "add to the body of evidence" that demonstrates "all ages are susceptible" to the coronavirus.

Officials with the Camp A assure that staff 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 COVID-19 test 12 days before arriving. All in all, test outcomes were offered for 344 (58%) of the 597 participants from Georgia; amongst these, 260 (76%) were favorable.

The camp adopted some mitigation steps found in CDC Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps to minimize the risk for SARS-CoV-2 introduction and transmission to include cohorting of attendees by cabin and enhanced cleaning and disinfection.

Amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across the African continent, the Africa CDC on Tuesday said 34 African countries are under "full border closure "in an effort to halt the spread of the infectious virus". Three-quarters of the COVID-19 cases for which information was available involved symptoms, including sore throat, headache and fever.

Nor did the camp open doors and windows for increased ventilation In structures.

"An ongoing investigation will further characterize specific exposures associated with infection, illness course, and any secondary transmission to household members", the group added.

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