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An overnight retreat in Wisconsin this summer involving 152 high school-aged boys, counselors and staff resulted in 116 coronavirus infections after one student who had tested negative for the virus a week prior to the trip began exhibiting symptoms shortly after arrival.
The attendees were required to self-quarantine within their households for the week prior to travel, and instructed to wear masks during travel.
'ALARMING' RATE OF CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS AMONG GROCERY STORE WORKERS, STUDY FINDSOnce the student attendees arrived at the retreat, they did not have to wear masks or social distance and were allowed to mix freely.
On July 3, one of the ninth grade students who had tested negative for coronavirus less than week prior to the trip began experiencing sore throat, cough and chills.
On July 5, the student tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the report.
The student was isolated in a private room, and 11 of his close contacts were quarantined together in a separate dorm.
On July 13, a second student tested positive for the virus at a local clinic.
“Among 152 attendees, 116 were classified as having confirmed or probable COVID-19,” the CDC reported.
CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGEAt least one confirmed case occurred in every dorm room and yurt, according to the report.
Of the attendees, 24 had provided a positive antibody test prior to traveling to the retreat.
All 24 of those attendees tested negative for the virus, but six reported experiencing mild symptoms at the retreat.
“SARS-CoV-2 can spread rapidly among adolescents and young adults in a congregant setting with inadequate COVID-19 mitigation measures,” the CDC report said.
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