Missouri state health officials announced that at least 82 campers, counselors and staff members were infected with coronavirus. Kanukuk Kamps, a Christian sports camp network in the state reopened in May to thousands of campers.

The camps opened after closing in May after leaders said they were aware of the risks but were confident that the camp could stop potential outbreaks from happening. NBC News reported that parents received an email that their child could have been infected during their time at camp.


“As your Kamper returns home, we recommend that you consider a 14-day self-quarantine for your child and monitor for symptoms of COVID-19,” the email read according to the report. 41 cases of the coronavirus were initially reported, a number which doubled in later days.

The county’s health department posted updates on Facebook, “Kanakuk is working with SCHD and made the decision to shut down the K-2 camp for this term after being alerted to the suspected COVID-19 cases,” the message read. “The decision to close has resulted in all campers, counselors and staff to return to their homes. SCHD will be working closely with Kanakuk Kamps to identify exposed individuals and quarantine those individuals, as necessary.”

The Missouri Health Department director Dr. Randall Williams said that the agency had no plans to shut down camps and would reopen the closed camp after it had tested staff members.

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