CDC Says 180 People Tested Positive for Coronavirus After Illinois Church Camp and Conference in June

A central Illinois church camp and conference held in mid-June led to 180 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19, including among 22 people who were fully vaccinated, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

In late June, state health officials said 85 people had caught the illness following the camp and conference. The new CDC report includes more recent information, as of Aug. 13.

The two outbreaks occurred in Schuyler and Adams counties among those who attended The Crossing Camp in Rushville, between June 13 and June 17, and a nearby conference.

Among the 180 cases, 122 were in those who went to the camp and conference, and 58 were among close contacts of people who attended, according to the CDC report.

Attempts to reach the camp for comment were not immediately successful Tuesday morning.

No proof of vaccination or COVID-19 testing was required prior to arriving at the camp, and masks were not on a list of suggested items to bring, according to the CDC.

The camp was for people ages 14 to 18, who stayed in large, shared boarding facilities with 100 campers each and ate together in a cafeteria.

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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune, Lisa Schencker

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