From Texas to Illinois, from Florida to Missouri to Kansas. More and more Covid 19 outbreaks are occurring in summer camps in the United States and which then contribute to the spread of infections in the community. The Delta variant, particularly contagious, and the still too limited number of vaccinated with both doses are being blamed. The ABC goes beyond the summer camps and fears that what is being recorded among the youngest could be an anticipation of the scenario that will be witnessed in the autumn with the start of the school year. Summer camp outbreaks “could certainly be a precursor” to what will happen when young people return to classrooms in the fall, said Michelle Prickett, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The outcome will depend on vaccination rates and prevalent viral variants, he said, urging ” stay vigilant ”.
Starting with what is happening in the summer camps. In the Houston area alone, health authorities have reported that more than 130 young people and adults have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a campus run by a local church.. The pastor of League City’s Clear Creek Community Church said the spread of the infection occurred in two waves, first at the camp and then when people returned home in late June. “In some cases, entire families have fallen ill,” Pastor Bruce Wesley said on the church’s Facebook page.
In Illinois, medical sources reported 85 adolescents and adults tested positive to Covid-19 after attending a campus in mid-June. Among them was a young man who was not vaccinated and who was hospitalized. People who were on campus then attended a conference, causing 11 more infections. On Twitter, the Leon County Health Authority, in Florida, he spoke of an increase in coronavirus cases linked to summer camp outbreaks. In Kansas, however, about 50 people have been infected in the outbreak at a church summer camp held last month not far from Wichita.
A May the green light has arrived in the United States to vaccinate children from the age of 12, but many are waiting. Dr William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University, said he was not surprised by the clusters in summer camps, expressing doubts that some organizations have “thought of all necessary precautions in the midst of the pandemic.”