Seven workers at Eagle Lake Night Camp are considered to have a potential COVID-19 case. And 40 other staff members have been exposed to the disease, according to a press release.
“It is an unfortunate reminder that this pandemic is far from over,” state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy said in a statement. “This virus is spreading quickly among groups of people, and that is why it is so important for everyone to stay alert and follow safety precautions to minimize transmission.”
The epidemic report comes after local health officials in Boulder County announced earlier this week that more than 100 people tested positive for COVID-19 in less than a week.
The health department said it received confirmed case reports at Eagle Lake Night Camp on Thursday. The camp had approximately 150 staff members – all over the age of 18 – on site for training to prepare for the opening camp.
Following the epidemic, the camp is no longer going to open this summer, the statement said. Eagle Lake is a Christian camp for children and teens.
A letter posted on the organization’s website says it’s the first cancellation of his 63-year-old summer camp night.
“Just as we received news that Governor Polis approved the summer camps, we also found that one of our overnight staff members has Covid-19 symptoms,” the letter said. “This person soon tested positive for Covid-19, as did three other staff. Several other staff are currently awaiting test results.
“This discrepancy occurred despite the staff doing their best for self-quarantine before entering the camp, and despite our best, rigorous efforts to maintain social distance, stay in family groups, to carry masks, deep cleaning of common areas, and more. ”The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment said the epidemic would have no public health decree allowing residential camps to operate during the pandemic coronavirus period.”We believe it is still safe for the camps to operate if they comply with our current public health orders,” Herlihy said. “If we find that these relaxed restrictions are unable to prevent epidemics, we will re-evaluate.”
Eagle Lake Night Camp is cooperating with the state’s investigation into the outbreak, state officials said.
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