260 children and staff at Georgia overnight camp test positive for coronavirus, CDC says

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A coronavirus outbreak was reported at an overnight summer camp in Georgia that did not require campers to wear face masks.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study Friday on the outbreak that infected 260 campers and staff, saying that it shows children are susceptible to the virus and “play an important role in transmission.”The camp held an orientation for 120 staff members and more than 130 trainees in mid-June, according to its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The staff members stayed at the camp and on June 21 were joined by more than 360 campers ranging in age from 6 to 19.Days later, on June 23, a teenage staff member left after developing chills and later tested positive for the coronavirus. The camp began to send people home the following day and alerted the state’s Department of Public Health.Among the 260 positive tests, 231 were for people age 17 or younger.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.”Settings, like multi-day, overnight summer camps, pose a unique challenge when it comes to preventing the spread of infectious diseases, considering the amount of time campers and staff members spend in close proximity,” the CDC said in a …

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