Most positive results were children between ages of 6 – 10
Just four days before local children head back to class, a CDC report released today reveals that of 597 residents who attended a YMCA camp on Lake Burton in June, 344 have since been tested with 260 testing positive for COVID-19. Many of the 44 percent of the attendees who tested positive were children. Some staff members and trainees also tested positive.
According to the report, all attendees of the High Harbor camp were tested prior to attending and tested negative. However, the camp was shut down four days in due to the virus. The age group with the most positive results was children between the ages of 6 – 10.
The Georgia Department of Public Health initiated an investigation after being notified of the cases and by July 10, 85 of the campers and staff members had tested positive. The camp was an overnight camp and children participated in group activities including signing and cheering.
The report had the following conclusion.
These findings demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 spread efficiently in a youth-centric overnight setting, resulting in high attack rates among persons in all age groups, despite efforts by camp officials to implement most recommended strategies to prevent transmission. Asymptomatic infection was common and potentially contributed to undetected transmission, as has been previously reported (1–4). This investigation adds to the body of evidence demonstrating that children of all ages are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection (1–3) and, contrary to early reports (5,6), might play an important role in transmission (7,8). The multiple measures adopted by the camp were not sufficient to prevent an outbreak in the context of substantial community transmission. Relatively large cohorts sleeping in the same cabin and engaging in regular singing and cheering likely contributed to transmission (9). Use of cloth masks, which has been shown to reduce the risk for infection (10), was not universal. An ongoing investigation will further characterize specific exposures associated with infection, illness course, and any secondary transmission to household members. Physical distancing and consistent and correct use of cloth masks should be emphasized as important strategies for mitigating transmission in congregate settings.
This report just broke on Friday. We have reached out to Walton County Public Schools and will update when we hear back.