Ohio Baptist church retreat responsible for COVID-19 breakout

 At least thirty people have contracted COVID-19 after a gathering of over 800 people attended an event at Camp Chautauqua during a Baptist Church retreat.

The retreat included attendees and churches from Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Indiana, and lasted from June 27 through July 3.

Camp and event organizers have not been responding to Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health as it works to identify those who might have been exposed to the virus. Accordingly, people who attended the event are being asked to contact Public Health or their local health department.

“Unvaccinated people, including children under 12 years of age, are up to 100 times more likely to get sick after exposure to COVID-19 compared to fully vaccinated individuals,” said Dr. Michael Dohn, Medical Director, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County. This outbreak demonstrates that the COVID-19 virus is still circulating and continues to make people sick.

According to the Dayton Daily News:

Public Health stated that church and camp organizers are not helping with contact tracing because they have not provided contact information for attendees and have not responded for several days after the initial cases were recognized, the health department stated.

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