Child who attended summer camp in Irondequoit tests positive for COVID-19

Updated: July 12, 2020 11:14 PM
Created: July 12, 2020 07:58 PM

IRONDEQUOIT, N.Y. (WHEC) — A child who was attending a summer camp in Irondequoit has tested positive for COVID-19.

Irondequoit Town Supervisor Dave Seeley has confirmed that one of the campers who was attending a program at Camp Eastman tested positive for COVID-19. The child, who has not been identified, last attended the camp on July 6 and was absent the rest of the week. The child's positive COVID-19 test came in on Saturday. 


"I won't lie if I said [that] when I agreed to proceed with summer camps I did so knowing that there was risks inherent in that," said Seeley. "I think parents recognize that too when they send their kids to camp, and what I'll say is we'll continue to be upfront with them about any potential exposure, and will continue to do everything we can to mitigate exposure, that's our job."

According to a letter from the Irondequoit Department of Recreation, the camper in question was part of the "Older Camp." They say in the letter that it is "highly unlikely" that the child contracted the disease at the camp. The letter, sent to News10NBC and shared by Seeley on social media, goes on to cover the procedures being taken at the camp this year. Those efforts include breaking the camp into groups of 10 with two counselors, mask-wearing at all times unless outside and more than six feet apart, and twice-sanitized equipment and supplies.

Although the camp remains open and parents have been notified, the group of 10 children that the child was organized with have been contacted by the Monroe County Health Department. 

This is a developing story, and we will have more information as it becomes available. 

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