Rapid Spread in US Summer Camp

Rapid Spread in US Summer Camp

Rapid Spread of Coronavirus Raises Alarms

Posted on 06.08.2020

After just four days, camp shuts; 76% of attendees tested were positive

The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued a troubling report yesterday (August 2, 2020) on transmission of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 at a summer camp in Georgia, USA.

Six hundred twenty four persons–363 campers, and 261 trainees and staff—were at the camp. Seventy-six percent of the 344 attendees for whom test results were available tested positive. Those who were at camp longer—staff who were part of pre-session training—had a higher infection rate.

The camp had followed the Georgia Executive Order requiring staff and campers of overnight camps to provide documentation of a negative SARS-COv-2 test within the last 12 days.

However, the camp did not follow all the CDC’s Suggestions for Youth & Summer Camps], though most were implemented. The camp did not follow the recommendations to have campers wear masks and open windows and doors for increased indoor ventilation, where they engaged in daily vigorous singing and cheering. The camp, however, did group (cohort) attendees by cabin, stagger use of communal spaces by cohort groups, practice physical distancing outside of cabin cohorts, and enhance cleaning and disinfection, particularly of shared equipment and spaces.

Implications for Outdoor Programs

Take it seriously. No, really seriously.

A dangerous infection blazing through an outdoor program run by a long-standing and well-respected nonprofit that followed many official safety recommendations is of great concern. The safety measures that were put in place were clearly inadequate. This suggests we should strictly follow the best authoritative guidance available, including CDC guidelines, and recognize that going beyond current recommendations may even be required … read more

Rays of Hope

While the pandemic continues to rage in the USA, we know that other countries have fared much better. New Zealand and Taiwan, for instance, took the right steps, right away. The virus is, overall, well-controlled in those countries, at this time—and outdoor programs have resumed, with participants on ropes courses, hiking, on the water and more … read more

One of the elements of the pandemic that has been uplifting to see is how individuals have come together—across organizations, across nations, throughout the field of outdoor professions—to share innovative ideas, find support, and build a new way forward.

Source
Jeff Baierlein
Viristar

See also: Outdoor Programs in the Time of Coronavirus: Guidance for Leaders (Viristar)

 

Share

FacebookTwitter

Have a story to tell or news to share?

Let us know by Submitting a News Story

Discover Queensland

Explore all of Queensland’s adventures.

Start Exploring

What's On

Oct

03

Forest Therapy Walk

Mindfulness in the City Botanic Gardens
Read more

Oct

10

Forest Therapy Walk

Mindfulness in the City Botanic Gardens
Read more

Oct

10

Pinnacle Sports Top Rope Course

The skills you need to get climbing outside
Read more

Latest News

Caravanning and Camping most popular holiday

Most popular holiday type for Australians in 2019.

Read more
Outdoor Recreation Policy for the 2020 Queensland State Election

Significant benefits to QLD

Read more
Bike Riding Grants

Bike Riding Encouragement & Infrastructure

Read more

Become a member

We welcome applications for new Community and Green Circle Members from organisations and individuals involved in the outdoors

Learn More
Tail Lights by Georgina Pratten