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UPDATE: Stone County officials confirm 41 positive COVID-19 cases from Kanakuk camp

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STONE COUNTY, Mo. — The Stone County Health Department announced there are 41 cases of COVID-19 at the Kanakuk camp in Lampe.

The cases are a mix of campers, counselors and staff.

“These cases reside in 10 states and multiple counties in Missouri,” the health department said. “Many of these cases returned to their place of residence and then tested positive.”

According to the health department, there are no positive cases from the camp that reside in Stone County.

The camp decided to shut down for the term after being alerted about the suspected COVID-19 cases, resulting in all campers, counselors and staff to return home.

Kanakuk Kamps officials sent Ozarks First the following statement,

Kanakuk created an exhaustive COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan in preparation for this summer in coordination with our State and Local Health Departments. When COVID-19 presented at one of our 6 facilities, we moved swiftly to contain the situation and communicate to parents and local health officials. The current numbers being reported include campers who went home, tested, and reported back to us. We do know the majority of these cases were results given to us from parents of asymptomatic campers who already returned home. We are working with Stone County Health Dept closely to continue to monitor. We are really grateful for their partnership. Our K-2 camp (ages 13-18) will be closed for the remainder of this term, and all campers from the current term are returning home with the recommendation to families to quarantine their households for 14 days. We were prepared for this possibility and responded quickly to implement the proper health and safety protocols to identify, isolate, and respond to any COVID 19-like symptoms. Our Health Task Force is working to ensure this process is handled with the utmost care and caution. So far this summer, over 5,000 campers, and staff have enjoyed a fun, safe, and wholesome Kanakuk summer camp experience in the beautiful Ozarks.

“SCHD will be working closely with Kanakuk Kamps to identify exposed individuals and quarantine those individuals, as necessary,” the health department said.

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