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YMCA camp closes early due to 4 positive COVID cases

After multiple positive coronavirus cases among staff members, an overnight kids camp has closed early, “out of an abundance of caution.”
Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 7:12 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 10:41 PM EDT
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BOOMER, N.C. (WBTV) - After multiple positive coronavirus cases among staff members, an overnight kids camp has closed early, “out of an abundance of caution.”

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte says four staff members at Camp Harrison in Boomer tested positive earlier this week. The eight session started Aug. 1 and was set to end Saturday, Aug. 7.

Wednesday night parents traveled to the small town to pick up their children.

While the news of the shutdown is a disappointment for kids this summer, parents tell WBTV they’re appreciative of how the YMCA has handled the situation.

“It’s not surprising at all that this would happen so quickly. It’s just standard right now with things getting canceled for the last year or so,” said Dan Crawford.

Crawford’s 12-year-old daughter has been at camp since the first day.

It was supposed to be a week of fun: ropes courses, sports, and lots of outdoor activities.

“We had already seen some of the pictures that they sent out of her having fun. She’s not going to be happy on the way home, I’m sure,” Crawford said.

The YMCA says the four were quarantined and those who had direct exposure or tested positive were sent home.

“There were approximately 200 campers and 80 staff onsite today,” the YMCA said in a statement.

They will also be refunding all camper families for this week of programming.

Full statement:

“This week, we learned that four team members at our YMCA Camp Harrison in Boomer, N.C., tested positive for COVID-19. We immediately followed our protocol, which includes quarantining and/or sending home all individuals with direct exposure or who are COVID positive.

Although we have safety measures in place to prevent spread, out of an abundance of caution, we felt that the best and safest decision for our campers and team members to prevent any further potential spread would be to close camp for the rest of the week.

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte’s highest priority is the safety of our program participants, members and team members. We realize this closure may put a burden on our camp families and causes our campers to miss out on an incredible experience this week, and for that we sincerely apologize. We are refunding all camper families for this week of programming.

This was the last week of summer camp at YMCA Camp Harrison, and there isn’t any public programming scheduled at the facility for several weeks.”

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