A Covid-19-positive camp, health officials said Thursday, caused a string of infections to more than three-quarters of students, counselors and staff at a faith-based retreat in Wisconsin. in the summer.
152 high school male students from 21 states and territories and abroad, counselors and staff are required to present negative Covid-19 tests or evidence that they have been infected and recovered; self-isolation at home one week before going to camp; and wear a mask when traveling.
At that point, the camp organizers seemed to relax the boys at ease.
“At the retreat, students and counselors are not required to wear masks or have social distance, and students are free to confuse. Classes are held in outdoor pavilions with about 20 students each. the class sat less than six feet apart on the table, ”writes Ian Pray of the Wisconsin Department of Health.
“Beds in dormitory rooms and bunk beds are tightly spaced with three to four sets of bunk beds, a shared bathroom and a common area.”
By the second week of the camp, 24 students had symptoms, and two students tested positive for Covid-19. However, camp staff did very little to stop the spread.
“These students were wearing masks, but contact tracking was not carried out and these students were not isolated,” the researchers wrote.
After a second positive test result, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services stepped in. However, it was too late to stop the virus.
“At least one confirmed case has occurred in every dorm room and yurt,” the researchers wrote. In total, 118 people tested positive – 78% of the campers and staff. This may be an underestimation, the researchers say, because the testing was well done after the epidemic began.
Only one in four staff got sick – all with their own sleeping space.
It is of concern that almost all infected campers have symptoms, and those who were infected before they arrived at the camp have no evidence of a second infection.
Pray’s team concluded: “The investigation of this outbreak has recorded the rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2, possibly from a student, among teenagers and young adults in one lip. The school was crowded.