SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is now reporting 85 teens and adult staff tested positive for COVID-19 while attending a summer youth camp in mid-June in central Illinois.
One unvaccinated, young adult was hospitalized. Although all campers and staff were eligible for vaccination, IDPH said it was aware of only a handful of campers and staff receiving the vaccine.READ MORE: Teen Charged In 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega's Murder Has Criminal Record For Carjacking And Gun Charges
The camp was not checking vaccination status and masking was not required while indoors.READ MORE: New Bears GM Ryan Poles Continues Busy Schedule Of Head Coach Interviews
A few individuals who were at the camp also attended a nearby conference, which resulted in 11 additional cases. At least 70% of those cases were unvaccinated.MORE NEWS: 'That Loss Of Life Is So Tremendous': Little Village Residents React To Arrests In Murder Of 8-Year-Old Melissa Ortega
While the state’s news release didn’t name the camp, the Peoria Journal Star, citing county health officials, reported the outbreak at Crossing Camp in Rushville, a church camp located in Schuyler County.