Nearly 90 teenagers and adults who attended a Christian camp and conference in Illinois have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to The Christian Post, most of those who attended the Illinois-based The Crossing Church camp and conference were not vaccinated.
In response, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker is asking for residents to get vaccinated as soon as possible because of the “growing presence” of the COVID-10 Delta variant.
“The lessons here at home and across the world are a harbinger of what could happen here, particularly in low vaccinated areas, if we don’t see a higher uptake of the vaccine across Illinois,” Pritzker said at a news conference Monday.
“This is very real. I implore all residents: If you have friends and family on the fence, share with them the life-saving benefits of these free vaccines and encourage them to remain masked until they are fully vaccinated.”
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, after attending a summer youth camp held in mid-June, 85 teenagers and one adult staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said at least 70 percent of the cases were unvaccinated. Still, the Crossing Camp said that the camp followed CDC guidelines related to “cleaning and disinfection of their facility.”
“The camp was not checking vaccination status, and masking was not required while indoors. IDPH is reminding people about the importance of vaccination, including youth, as the Delta variant and other variants continue to spread,” the agency said in a statement Monday.
The Crossing Church has postponed its upcoming camps for fourth and fifth graders.
“We were so looking forward to spending time with your campers this weekend, but we believe the best way to value and love our students, difference makers, and staff is to delay camp until a safer time,” the camp said in a statement. “4th & 5th-grade camp will now be held August 12-15.”
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.