Muskoka overnight camp closure extended by 2 weeks amid COVID-19 outbreak

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The closure of an overnight campy successful the Muskoka country has been extended by 2 weeks amid a COVID-19 outbreak, according to an email obtained by Global News.

Parents and children astatine the Muskoka Woods Camp successful Rosseau, Ont., were archetypal informed of a closure connected Sunday. At the time, it was believed the closure would past for conscionable week 5 of the summertime camp.

But successful an email sent to parents Tuesday evening, the camp’s president and enforcement manager said the closure has been extended and present affects weeks six and seven, which is up to Aug. 21. The email said those affected volition beryllium receiving a afloat refund.

The email said the determination was made due to the fact that the section nationalist wellness portion gave the campy a closure announcement which required each seasonal and non-essential unit to self-isolate astatine home.

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“We cognize this quality is devastating to you and your children,” the email continued.

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“We are profoundly upset by this announcement due to the fact that of however disappointing this is for our guests.”

Camp officials said since an outbreak was declared, each protocols by nationalist wellness person been followed, including the investigating of each staff.

They said determination are “only single-digit affirmative cases” associated with the outbreak.

Meanwhile, a 2nd email sent from the campy to parents Tuesday recommended that each week 4 and 5 campers beryllium tested for COVID-19 amid caller guidance from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU).

Earlier Tuesday, SMDHU said a full of 4 unit and campers person confirmed affirmative cases, with 2 different “preliminary affirmative results.”

“There are inactive a fig of trial results that are successful advancement arsenic we are expanding the investigating to each unit and different adjacent contacts,” Dr. Colin Lee, SMDHU subordinate aesculapian serviceman of health, said successful an email.

“It is excessively aboriginal to find if, and which, variants of interest are progressive successful the outbreak. Overnight camps person been utilizing provincial guidelines to run arsenic safely arsenic imaginable fixed the pandemic.

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“Measures see investigating of campers and unit earlier arriving astatine camp, arsenic good arsenic cohorting of campers and unit astatine campy successful smaller groups akin to what was utilized successful schools successful bid to bounds dispersed of illnesses.”

— with files from Catherine McDonald

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