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31 campers test positive for COVID-19 at sleepaway camp in New York

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise and the mask debate is still in full swing, more than 30 campers at sleepaway camp in eastern New York have test positive for COVID-19.

According to CNN, 31 campers between the ages of 7 and 11 years old at Camp Pontiac were all sent home, including 88 campers who came in close contact with those who tested positive.

CNN reported that the first positive case occurred on July 16.

Columbia County Department of Health Director said the initial outbreak occurred on the girl’s side of the camp, but the latest cases have occurred on the boy’s side, CNN reported.

According to health officials, the camp started with 550 campers total.

Nearly all the older kids had been vaccinated.

The health department has required the camp to test unvaccinated campers twice a week.