“Unfortunately, upon returning from camp, more than 125 campers and adults reported to us that they had tested positive for COVID-19,” church officials said in a statement. “In addition, hundreds more have been exposed to COVID-19 at the camp. And hundreds more were likely exposed when infected people returned home from the camp. We seek to stay in touch with those affected. If you experience any symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately. Galveston County Health District officials said on Friday they were investigating the outbreak during the five-day event attended by about 450 adults and children in grades six to 12. The first case was reported to them on June 27.
Galveston County health officials said they were investigating 20 of the reported cases. It was not known on Saturday whether any of the infected had been vaccinated before the camp.
News of the epidemic forced leaders at the Clear Creek Community Church to cancel Sunday July 4 and Wednesday July 7. “Since the start of the pandemic, we have sought to love our neighbors by practicing strict security protocols, ”church officials said in a statement. “We are surprised and saddened by this turn of events. Our hearts are breaking for those infected with the virus. Please pray for a speedy and full recovery for all affected. “
The church hosted the event at the Tejas Camp & Retreat near Giddings, a Christian retreat center. The facility has tips related to COVID-19 prevention on its website. It was not clear whether attendees from other churches were in contact with members of the Clear Creek Community Church during the same week.
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