- A new CDC report looked at 7,773 campers and employees in nine different overnight camps across the US between June and August 2021
- In the camps, 93% of people 12 years of age and older were vaccinated, all tested repeatedly, and were subject to other mitigation measures
- Nine people tested positive for COVID, including three immunization staff members and six unvaccinated children between the ages of eight and 14.
- None of the cases were found to be linked to the camp and are believed to have happened before the start of the camp or in the middle of the sessions.
- Children are much less likely to contract COVID than adults and are often less severe cases, with children accounting for less than 0.1% of all deaths in the US
Very few cases of COVID-19 were detected in summer camps, where more than 90 per cent of eligible people were vaccinated and other mitigation measures were taken.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at nine overnight camps across the US between June 2021 and August 2021.
Of the more than 7,000 children, teenagers and staff members, just nine tested positive for the virus.
Furthermore, no cases were confirmed to have occurred in the camp and occurred either before the start of the camp or between camp sessions.
Researchers say the findings show how a combination of prevention measures is the best way to limit COVID outbreaks in the camps and that the nine camps could be a model for those that open in the summer of 2022.
Children are much less likely to contract COVID-19 than adults, and when they do, most cases are not serious, with pediatric deaths accounting for less than 0.1 percent of all COVID deaths in the US. Is.
A new CDC report looked at 7,773 campers and staff at nine different overnight camps across the US between June and August 2021, and where 93% of those eligible were vaccinated. Pictured: Campers play hockey at Broken Arrow Bible Ranch Camp near Vanderwagen, New Mexico, July 2021
Nine people tested positive, including three immunization staff members and six unvaccinated children between the ages of eight and 14, with none of the cases linked to camp transmission. Image: A camper attends a football game at the Denver YMCA Summer Camp in Denver, Massachusetts in July 2020
Most overnight camps did not operate during the summer of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, with the rollout of vaccines starting in December 2020, more camps felt they could safely open for the summer of 2021.
For report good, published on Friday, the team observed 7,773 people in nine different camps across the country.
Of the participants, 5,218 were campers between the ages of five and 18 and 1,955 were staff members.
The west has the most camps with three. Two each were in New England, the Central and Atlantic, and one each in the South and Midwest.
The duration of the camp lasted anywhere between two weeks and eight weeks, with multiple sessions in eight of the nine camps.
Several mitigation measures were taken in the camps to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
According to the report, about 30 percent of campers were under the age of 12 and were therefore ineligible for vaccination.
Of the three vaccines available in the US, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are authorized for use in people 18 years of age and older.
Pfizer-BioNTech is fully approved for people 16 years of age and older and authorized for people between 12 and 15 years old.
Of the eight camps where vaccination data were available, 93 percent of those 12 and older were vaccinated, including 88 percent of those 12 to 16 years old and 99 percent of those 17 and older.
All camps were required to submit a negative pre-arrival test 72 hours prior to the start of the camp and had to be tested continuously at the camp.
In addition, many camps had indoor masking, except when interacting with campers and staff living in the same cabin or when vaccinated individuals were in a group of unvaccinated people.
Additionally, there was physical distancing in many camps, with most activities outside and frequent hand-washing encouraged during mealtimes.
Over the summer, 21 people tested positive for the virus, but 15 of them only tested positive for a negative laboratory test with a rapid antigen test.
That means a total of six people tested positive during screening, a rate of 0.02 percent, with three additional cases confirmed after people developed symptoms for a total of nine cases.
Nine cases occurred in four different camps, with three among vaccinated staff members and six among non-vaccinated campers between the ages of eight and 14.
Of the three staff members, one tested positive before the start of the camp, while two tested positive between sessions, which the researchers said took their exposure outside the camp.
Of the campers, two were caught before the start of the camp and did not enter the camp, while the remaining four were caught in the first eight days of the camp and were either sent home or isolated.
‘The camps tested all potentially exposed contacts and varied according to whether all or only unrelated contacts were quarantined,’ the authors wrote.
‘No case of waste water monitoring in the camp was identified. No secondary transmission was found during the camp. ‘
The report is a success story after several anecdotes of outbreaks in summer camps across the US
At least 75 COVID-19 cases in 17 states linked to a Christian summer camp in North Carolina Between 28 June to 17 July.
And a summer camp in central Illinois infected nearly 100 people with the virus, with 70 percent occurring in unvaccinated individuals.
Additionally, a co-ed sleepaway camp in Upstate New York revealed in July that 31 campers between the ages of seven and 11 tested positive for COVID, but none of the 12-and-up campers who were vaccinated. was not infected.
However, children are much less likely to get COVID-19 than adults and have a much lower percentage of deaths from COVID-19.