Ky. Youth camps take extra precautions after some linked to COVID-19 clusters

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – This year’s summer camps have a much more normal atmosphere than in 2020.

“We’ve had up to 250+ here this summer so far. which compared to last year is two and a half times higher, ”said camp counselor David Mayhan.

At Pepperhill Summer Camp in Jessamine County, the kids run, hang out with friends, and enjoy a normal summer. But COVID-19 is still a factor, and precautions are still being followed.

“We always take the temperature in the morning, we always sanitize our hands,” said camp counselor Kennedy Blackburn.

This is not a “normal” camp activity, but an activity necessary to prevent campers and leaders from getting sick.

“This is the number one priority. Safety is always very important to us, ”Mayhan said.

But the virus is still making its way into some camps. At least 11 cases associated with Blue Grass Christian Camp in Lexington were confirmed on Tuesday. Health officials say there are probably more, but since these patients do not live in Fayette County, they do not have a total number.

Last week, an outbreak was reported at a camp in Carter County.

“It humiliates you a bit and makes you realize we’re not untouchable,” Mayhan said.

In a WKYT email obtained from Blue Grass Christian Camp, officials said that after a few members of last week’s camp session contracted COVID, the camp tested unvaccinated staff and volunteers. Several positive tests returned on Tuesday and the rest of this week’s camp has been canceled.

“It reminds us that COVID is still prevalent and it can still happen,” Blackburn said.

We reached out to the Blue Grass Christian Camp to ask a few questions. They haven’t responded yet.

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