Coronavirus sweeps summer camp, infects 82 campers, counselors and staff in Missouri
While states including Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have opted not to open their summer camps due to just such a risk, others have attempted to forge ahead, AP said.
Kanakuk had all the best intentions for its 20,000 total campers across the state.
“We are focused on taking all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our Kamps,” camp officials told parents, according to NBC News.
That was around May 30, opening day. By Friday the infection count was initially 41 campers, counselors and staff members testing positive, from 10 states and multiple Missouri counties, NBC News said. That quickly rose to 49, and then again to 76 on Monday morning. By Monday afternoon it had risen to 82.
Outbreaks has also been reported at camps in Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee, AP said.
Nonetheless, Kanakuk intends to reopen by the end of summer, once everyone has tested negative, officials said.