(7-19-21) The State of Ohio has made a statement by pointing out a COVID 19 outbreak that took place at Camp Chautauqua near Miamisburg from June 27 to July 3. Attendees to the event came from Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. At least 30 cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and Kentucky were linked to the retreat.

That was followed by ‘breakouts’ at other church related events located in Texas, Illinois and Kansas. Those states also decided to issue statements on those situations.

The main issues that health departments focused on were those being unvaccinated and the delta variant.

Below is details of what states did after being notified of the church gatherings situation.

Statement from Dayton & Montgomery Public Health

COVID-19 Outbreak at Camp Chautauqua, At Least 30 Attendees Have Contracted COVID-19, All Attendees at Risk

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County is investigating a COVID-19 outbreak associated with Camp Chautauqua located at 10550 Camp Trail in Miamisburg that occurred during a Baptist Church retreat that included attendees and churches from Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana, from June 27 to July 3. At least 30 cases from attendees living in Ohio and Kentucky have been identified so far, with over 800 people having attended the event.

Since camp and event organizers failed to respond to Public Health for several days after the initial cases were recognized and have not provided contact information for attendees, accordingly, Public Health is asking anyone who may have attended the event to contact Public Health or their local health department.

Dr. Michael Dohn, Medical Director, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County.

“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.”

This outbreak demonstrates that the COVID-19 virus is still circulating and continues to make people sick.

If you, or anyone you know, attended this event held June 27 to July 3 in Miamisburg, you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and could be infected, or infecting others. Call us at (937) 225-4508 so we may discuss your risk level with you. In addition, we are asking attendees to monitor themselves closely for symptoms and contact their healthcare provider should symptoms develop.

Public Health will provide you with instructions for self-quarantine, monitoring symptoms, and testing as needed.

Coronavirus outbreaks have been linked to multiple church camps and retreats across the country this summer.

In Texas

Delta variant confirmed in samples from church camp outbreak

Post Date:07/06/2021 1:50 PM

Galveston County Health District (GCHD) confirmed the Delta variant has been identified in three test samples tied to a church camp COVID-19 outbreak. Additional samples are being tested.

To date, 57 Galveston County youth and adults have been confirmed as testing positive for COVID-19. More than 450 adults and youth in grades six-12 from the area attended the camp late last month outside of Galveston County. The health district was notified of the first positive COVID-19 case tied to the camp on June 27.

Of the 57 cases reported to date, six are breakthrough cases. Breakthrough cases are defined as someone becoming infected more than 14 days after their second COVID-19 vaccination. Forty-seven cases are in youth and adults 12 years and older while 10 are in youth younger than 12 years.

Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority

“The Delta variant is highly contagious, more so than other strains. And people who are unvaccinated are at most risk,”

“I cannot stress enough – there is no reason to not get vaccinated if you’re old enough. There are plenty of vaccines available,” Keiser continued. “In this outbreak, at least as of now, it appears most of the people who have tested positive are old enough to be vaccinated. These vaccines are safe, effective and they offer the best protection against COVID-19 to you, your family and your community.”

The health district continues to work closely with church leadership to investigate the outbreak, trace potential contacts and offer guidance and resources. The youth group did not leave the campground during their stay. They did have contact with counselors from their church. No other campers were on site.

In addition to these 57 confirmed cases, more than 90 people – including non-Galveston County residents – have self-reported to the health district that they have tested positive. There may be a delay in labs reporting cases to the health district due to the holiday weekend. For those who do not live in Galveston County, their case would be reported to their county of residence.

Anyone who attended the church camp who begins to feel sick or is a close contact of someone who is COVID-19 positive should get tested and quarantine at home while waiting for test results. Those who are not vaccinated, including children younger than 12 years old, should continue to wear a face mask and social distance in public settings.

Let’s keep working together to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Get your COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Get tested and stay home if you are sick.
  • Wear a face covering in public spaces if not fully vaccinated.
  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people if not fully vaccinated.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.

In Illinois…Pike County Health Department News Release….

Pike County, IL – On June 22, 2021, the Schuyler County Health Department informed the public about an exposure to the COVID-19 virus at The Crossing Camp in Rushville, IL from June 13 – June 17, 2021. That exposure has now become an outbreak with over 50 confirmed cases so far. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends all
individuals (adults and children) who visited the camp during that time period to get a PCR test for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms.


Symptoms of COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of sense of taste and/or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. The Pike County Health Department (PCHD) would like to urge residents to continue to do your part to control the spread of this virus by covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands frequently with soap and water, staying home when sick, and to wear a mask if you are not vaccinated.


PCHD encourages all residents over the age of 12 to get vaccinated. Not only does that prevent you from contracting the COVID-19 virus, but also prevents you from being quarantined should an exposure occur. PCHD is currently holding vaccination clinics at the Health Department on Thursdays. To make an appointment, please call PCHD at 217-285- 4407 or you can go to http://www.pikecountyil.org and click on the red banner at the top of the
page.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is investigating an outbreak at a church summer camp held in late June, spurring at least 23 cases. It was one of several summer camps listed as COVID-19 cluster sites by the state agency.

The full statement from KDHE is below:

“KDHE is investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 in connection with a camp. AGK Ministry Camp hosted a camp from June 21 – 25 at a facility, Wheat State Retreat Center, in Butler County. There have been 23 cases associated with this event to date, but the investigations are ongoing. For those who attended the camp, KDHE asks those individuals to get tested. Testing sites can be found at KnowbeforeyougoKS.com.”

Meanwhile….

Two more Texas state Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling to Washington, D.C., last week, bringing the total number of cases to five as of Sunday evening.

The Texas House Democratic Caucus announced the additional positive COVID-19 tests in a statement. The positive cases follow three other ones announced by the caucus the previous day.

Caucus statement-

“In light of some positive COVID-19 tests over the weekend, the House Democratic Caucus has decided to go beyond CDC guidance and provide daily rapid tests for all Members and staff in Washington D.C. for this week.”

“As part of this precautionary testing, today two additional Members who were fully vaccinated tested positive.”

But no concern has been shown by Vice-President Kamala Harris –

Harris’s senior adviser and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders said

“Based on the timeline of these positive tests, it was determined the Vice President and her staff present at the meeting were not at risk of exposure because they were not in close contact with those who tested positive and therefore do not need to be tested or quarantined. The Vice President and her staff are fully vaccinated.”

The comment did not include that the Texas Reps were all fully vaccinated.