Georgia overnight campers test positive for COVID-19 | News

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (CBS46) — At least 85 people have contracted COVID-19 after a counselor and 17-year-old girl tested positive for the virus while at YMCA Camp Harbour.

From June 17-20 the overnight camp held orientation which included 138 trainees and 120 staff members. On June 23, two days after 363 campers and senior staff members joined the camp, the teen girl began displaying symptoms of the virus. The following day parents were notified of the positive COVID test and were provided instructions on picking up their children.

By June 27 the camp was closed. 

More than a month later on July 31, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study on the virus’ outbreak at overnight camps.

Parrish Underwood, Chief Advancement Officer of the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, released the following statement in response to the dozens of positive tests that have since occurred. 

“In preparing for Camp High Harbour, we made every effort to adhere to best practices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Camp Association. Additionally, we followed guidelines set forth by the Executive Order from the State of Georgia.

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