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O’Fallon YMCA closes summer camp temporarily after camp counselors test positive for COVID-19

(Photo from O’Fallon YMCA)

By Angela Simmons, Weekly Reporter

O’FALLON- The O’Fallon YMCA has closed their summer camp temporarily after three staff members, including two camp counselors, tested positive for COVID-19.

Last week, after the first two staff members tested positive, the O’Fallon YMCA issued a statement, saying that two staff members, one camp counselor, and one other staffer, would be staying home to quarantine. They also added that the two positive staff members had both last been in the building as of July 3, and it was believed that their exposure to the virus was unrelated.

The YMCA stated they sanitized their facilities at an increased level after the positive cases, and campers with direct contact would need to quarantine.

“Campers and counselors are kept in separate groups to avoid mixing as a safety precaution. Campers and staff who had direct contact with the affected counselor were immediately notified and sent home. The exposed campers and staff will not be allowed to return to our program until it is safe to do so as directed by public health officials. We have continued to strictly follow guidelines from public health officials to help limit the exposure of all campers, including implementing temperature checks and social distancing, wearing masks, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, not intermixing groups and regularly cleaning. We will continue to carefully follow these guidelines, implement our safety measures, and closely monitor the health of all campers and staff,” read the initial statement.

The YMCA became aware of a third staff member, also a camp counselor, testing positive on Monday, July 13. In response, they announced that the camp would be closed through July 27 to allow for all counselors and campers to quarantine, and to allow for further sanitization of the facilities.

Calls to the YMCA for further details have been unanswered. The O’Fallon Weekly will update with more details as they become available.