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Nearly 90 Cases Of COVID-19 Reported At Central Illinois Summer Camp

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.

The camp was not checking vaccination status and masking was not required while indoors.

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.

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.

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