85 Teens and Adult Staff Member at Youth Summer Camp in Illinois Test Positive for Coronavirus

COVID-19 outbreak at a summer camp in Illinois is a reminder that young people are taking a risk by not getting vaccinated, health officials say.

Eighty-five teens and adult staff at a youth summer camp in central Illinois tested positive for the virus and one young adult was hospitalized, according to the Illinois Department of Health. The camp did not check the vaccination status of those who attended and did not require masks indoors.

Although everyone there was eligible for vaccination, only a handful of the people at the camp had been vaccinated.

“The majority of the 85 COVID-19 cases associated with the youth camp are among teens,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, said in a statement.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Erin Schumaker