Nearly 100 COVID-19 cases linked to Illinois summer camp, officials say


Practically 100 circumstances of coronavirus have been linked to a camp in Illinois the place indoor masking was not required and vaccination standing was not checked, officers mentioned Monday, including that one unvaccinated younger grownup required hospitalization. 

Nearly all of 85 circumstances concerned teenagers who attended the mid-June camp session, though some concerned grownup workers members. 

Eleven further circumstances had been reported after a number of people who had been on the camp additionally attended a close-by convention, the Illinois Division of Public Well being (IDPH) mentioned. Amongst these circumstances, 70% occurred in unvaccinated folks. 

The circumstances are concentrated in Schuyler and Adams counties, based on a press launch. 

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“Though all campers and workers had been eligible for vaccination, IDPH is conscious of solely a handful of campers and workers receiving the vaccine,” the IDPH mentioned. “The camp was not checking vaccination standing and masking was not required whereas indoors. IDPH is reminding folks in regards to the significance of vaccination, together with youth, because the Delta variant and different variants proceed to unfold.” 

The division director emphasised that whereas threat to youngsters could seem small, “even a light case” may end up in long-term well being points. 

“Moreover, contaminated youth who might not expertise extreme sickness can nonetheless unfold the virus to others, together with those that are too younger to be vaccinated or those that don’t construct the robust anticipated immune response to the vaccine,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike mentioned. 

The Facilities for Illness and Prevention (CDC) issued steering relating to summer time camp that features really useful vaccines for everybody 12 and older. It additionally states that camps, the place everyone seems to be totally vaccinated previous to the beginning of the session, can return to full capability with out masking or social distancing, however these the place some usually are not vaccinated ought to implement a number of prevention methods. 

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The IDPH is working with the CDC and has despatched specimens for genomic sequencing. 



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