180 COVID-19 cases linked to Illinois church camp, men’s retreat – NBC Chicago
The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the results of an investigation into an outbreak of COVID-19 cases that occurred following a church camp in a night and a two-day men’s conference, both hosted by the same organization earlier this summer.
According to the results, a total of 180 cases of the coronavirus were ultimately linked to the events, including 122 that occurred among the participants.
On June 30, the IDPH said it contacted the CDC regarding the outbreaks, which occurred during two separate events. One of these events was a five-day religious camp for people between the ages of 14 and 18, and the other was a two-day men’s conference.
Neither event required COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results before attendees arrived, and neither event encouraged attendees to wear masks in indoor spaces, according to the report. report.
As of August 13, a total of 180 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 were linked to the events, reported either among participants or among those who were in close contact with them after leaving the events.
A total of 122 participants were eventually diagnosed with COVID-19. Of those, 18 cases have been reported in people fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials said.
Of all the cases, five people were hospitalized and no deaths occurred. None of those five people have been fully vaccinated against the virus, officials said.
Officials say 294 campers attended the five-day youth event and were greeted by 41 staff. They were housed in large boarding schools for the faithful, with about 100 campers in each unit. These participants had dinner together in a cafeteria and participated in indoor and outdoor activities in small groups.
On the penultimate day of camp, a camper left after showing symptoms of COVID-19, and a lab test then confirmed the diagnosis. Six camp staff then tested positive and exhibited symptoms within days of the camp’s end.
The CDC and IDPH say epidemics are another example of why COVID vaccination is so essential in the fight against the virus. The CDC cites an outbreak in Los Angeles County, where unvaccinated residents were five times more likely to be infected with COVID and 29 times more likely to be hospitalized for an infection than residents who were vaccinated.
The departments also advise that “multiple prevention strategies” should be implemented, including vaccination and mitigation measures such as masking, social distancing and drug testing.