A teen religious camp and a men’s conference held in Illinois by The Crossing Christian church did not require participants to wear masks or be vaccinated or tested for covid-19 and, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) in the US, at least 180 young people and adults have been infected with the coronavirus.
As shown by The Washington Post, the investigation, released last Tuesday (31) by the CDC, shows that the five-day summer camp and the two-day conference, both events held in June, led to outbreaks of covid. -19 in three states. The teenage outbreak occurred at Crossing Camp in Rushville, Illinois, which is affiliated with The Crossing Church, which also operates in Missouri and Iowa.
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No deaths were reported after the outbreaks, but five people were hospitalized, reports the CDC, cited by the newspaper. The organization notes that all hospitalizations involved unvaccinated patients.
Another 29 who received immunizations also ended up becoming infected. According to the Washington Post, responsible for the infections is the delta variant of the new, highly transmissible coronavirus, which could have affected more than 1,100 people in four US states.
“The high transmission rate was likely driven by the number of people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant,” says the CDC report.
The summer camp in central Illinois, held June 13-17, which did not require teens ages 14-18 to be vaccinated, tested, or masked, had groups of about 100 people sleeping in “large shared living quarters” , reveal the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cited by the journal.
On the event’s website, among the items listed in the “What to bring” section, there were appropriate shoes for water, a pen and a Bible, but no mention of the facial protection that helps prevent covid-19.
The Washington Post claims that a camper left the camp on June 16 with “fever and respiratory symptoms” and later tested positive for the coronavirus. In addition, at least six of the adults who left the camp to attend the men’s conference elsewhere on June 18 and 19 also tested positive for the virus.
In late June, the Illinois Department of Public Health released a statement saying that more than 80 teens and adults who attended The Crossing events tested positive for covid-19.
“The risk to children may seem small, but even a mild case of covid-19 can cause long-term health problems. In addition, infected young people who do not show severe symptoms can still spread the virus to others, including those who are not old enough to be vaccinated or who do not develop a strong immune response,” says Ngozi Ezike, director of the Department of Health, in the statement. June, quoted by the American newspaper.
The CDC report emphasizes that 180 cases of the disease originated at the church camp and conference and are considered an underestimate of the true number because health officials did not have access to the participant lists.
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