July 8, 2021 – Fifty-seven youth and adults who recently attended a church camp in South Texas have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 90 other people who have attended the camp have tested positive, the Galveston County Health District said in a press release.
Of the 57 confirmed positive tests, 47 cases were in people over 12 and 10 cases in young people under 12, the health district said.
The health department also found three delta variant cases and six breakthrough cases – defined as occurring more than two weeks after a second COVID vaccination.
The health district did not identify the church holding the camp, but the senior pastor of Clear Creek Community Church in League City, TX, issued in a press release that more than 125 people have returned from a camp. with COVID.
“Unfortunately, upon returning from camp, over 125 campers and adults reported to us that they had tested positive for COVID-19,” Senior Pastor Bruce Wesley wrote. “In addition, hundreds more have been exposed to COVID-19 at the camp. And hundreds more were likely exposed when infected people returned from the camp. “
More than 400 people attended the camp last month, Wesley said. The kids were in grades 6 to 12.
Due to the outbreak, the church canceled services last Sunday but plans to resume services next Sunday, the statement said.
Clear Creek Community Church is an interfaith church based in League City, Texas, with five campuses.
The health district said it was informed of the first positive test on June 27. The camp took place outside of County Galveston at a campground rented by the church. The group of young people did not leave the campsite during their stay and no other group was on site, the health district said.
“I cannot stress enough – there is no reason not to get the vaccine if you are old enough. There are many vaccines available, ”said Philip Keizer, MD, the local health authority for Galveston County. “In this epidemic, at least for now, it appears that most people who test positive are old enough to be vaccinated. These vaccines are safe, effective, and provide the best protection against COVID-19 for you, your family, and your community. “