More than 80 teens and staffers at an Illinois summer camp got Covid-19

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A central Illinois summer camp was the source of a COVID-19 outbreak.

On Monday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported that a summer youth camp led to at least 85 teens and several adult staff members to test positive for the virus after a mid-June session was held with minimal COVID protocols. One unvaccinated person was also hospitalized, according to a press release.

The state health department said attendees were not required to wear masks or be vaccinated, adding that only a handful of campers and staff were vaccinated despite all being eligible.

"The majority of the 85 COVID-19 cases associated with the youth camp are among teens," said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike in the statement. "The perceived risk to children may seem small, but even a mild case of COVID-19 can cause long-term health issues. Additionally, infected youth who may not experience severe illness can still spread the virus to others, including those who are too young to be vaccinated or those who don't build the strong expected immune response to the vaccine."

The outbreak also spread off site as a couple people who attended the camp visited a nearby conference which resulted in 11 other cases — 70% of which were unvaccinated individuals. The release states that Schuyler and Adams counties, where the outbreaks occurred, have only seen 40% of their population fully vaccinated.

During a separate press conference, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the IDPH is working with the CDC to assist in the outbreak and determining whether the COVID cases involved the Delta variant. He urged the public to continue taking precautions if they aren't vaccinated and to use this outbreak as an example of the growing threats from the virus.

"The lessons here at home and across the world are a harbinger of what could happen here, particularly in low vaccinated areas, if we don't see a higher uptake of the vaccine across Illinois," he said. "This is very real. I implore all residents, if you have friends and family on the fence, share with them the life-saving benefits of these free vaccines and encourage them to remain masked until they are fully vaccinated."

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CHICAGO — There has been a COVID-19 outbreak at a central Illinois summer camp.

At least 85 cases of the virus are confirmed among staff and teens at the Crossing Camp in Rushville.

The outbreaks occurred in Schuyler and Adams counties.

The state health department says, only a handful of the campers and staff were vaccinated. They didn’t require masks indoors and the camp didn’t check their vaccination status.  

The camp postponed the next summer session.

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New cases of COVID-19 reached 301 Tuesday with four more deaths from the respiratory disease, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported.

On Monday, 23,095 more COVID-19 shots were administered. The seven-day average is 43,381.

The federal government has delivered 14,227,695 doses of vaccine to Illinois since distribution began in mid-December and 12,564,172 shots have been administered, IDPH data shows.

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A press release from the Illinois Department of Public Health says an unvaccinated young adult was hospitalized.

Although everyone attending the camp were eligible to get the vaccine, IDPH says only a handful of campers and staff got vaccinated. The state health agency adds that camp staff were not checking vaccination status and they were not requiring face-mask use.

“IDPH is reminding people about the importance of vaccination, including youth, as the Delta variant and other variants continue to spread,” says the release.

“The majority of the 85 COVID-19 cases associated with the youth camp are among teens,” says IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.  “The perceived risk to children may seem small, but even a mild case of COVID-19 can cause long-term health issues.  Additionally, infected youth who may not experience severe illness can still  spread the virus to others, including those who are too young to be vaccinated or those who don’t build the strong expected immune response to the vaccine.”

IDPH says a few people who were at the camp also went to a nearby conference. That resulted in 11 more cases, per the report. It says over two-thirds of those were cases were for unvaccinated people.

Health officials say vaccines allowed in the U.S. have been shown to be effective among fully vaccinated people, including more spreadable and serious variants.

IDPH says the camp outbreaks happened in Schuyler and Adams counties, where around 40% of their populations are fully vaccinated.

“IDPH continues to assist local health departments involved in the youth camp and conference outbreaks and is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” says the release. “Specimens are being sought for genomic sequencing to determine if any of the cases were caused by variants.”

Information about where to get a COVID-19 vaccination can be found at https://www.vaccines.gov.  CDC guidance adopted by IDPH for operating youth camps can be found at http://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/community-guidance/operating-youth-camps.

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