Preble County camp linked to 4 COVID cases, cancels remaining summer sessions


CAMDEN, Ohio (WDTN) — Preble County Public Health is currently investigating four positive cases of a COVID-19 stemming from a summer camp at Woodland Trails Scout Reservation in Camden.

Public health officials said the camp event being investigated was held from July 4 to July 10.

The Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America said the health and safety of its scouting families, volunteers and staff members are its highest priority.

The organization reports that 600 scouts and adult scouters attended camp throughout the summer. Once they learned about the four positive cases they notified Public Health and the families of campers.

This comes after a Baptist church retreat at Camp Chautauqua in Miamisburg led to an outbreak of 70-plus cases at the start of July. Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is currently working with camp officials to contact trace those who attended.

An outbreak is defined as “two or more cases who are epidemiologically linked with a common exposure
in a community, institutional, or healthcare setting, do not share a household, and were not identified as
close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation and contact tracing.”

The Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America said they worked closely with Preble County Public Health to create COVID-19 protocols, which included things like health screenings and temperature checks, enhanced cleaning and mostly outdoor activities with social distancing.

The organization said in a statement that:

“We determined that these four positive cases and their potential close contacts, unfortunately inhibited our ability to safely run this camp season’s remaining sessions of Cub Scout Resident Camp. Out of an abundance of caution we immediately canceled all remaining sessions and all registrants received a full refund. We look forward to providing them and all other Scouting families with incredible camping opportunities this fall.”

Preble County is asking anyone who attended the camp that may be experiencing COVID-like symptoms to reach out to Public Health at 937-472-0087.

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