Ky. youth camps taking extra precautions after some linked to COVID-19 clusters


LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Summer camps this year have a lot more of a normal feel to them compared to 2020.

“We’ve had as much as 250+ out here this summer so far. which in comparison to last year is two and a half times as many,” camp counselor David Mayhan said.

At Pepperhill Summer Camp in Jessamine County, kiddos are running around, spending time with friends, and enjoying a normal summer. But COVID-19 is still a factor, and precautions are still being followed.

“We’re still taking temperatures in the morning, we’re still hand sanitizing hands,” camp counselor Kennedy Blackburn said.

It’s not a “normal” camp activity, but one that’s needed to keep campers and counselors from getting sick.

“That’s number one priority. Safety is always very important to us,” Mayhan said.

But the virus is still making it’s way into some camps. At least 11 cases associated with Blue Grass Christian Camp in Lexington were confirmed Tuesday. Health officials say there are likely more, but because those patients don’t live in Fayette County, they don’t have a total number.

Last week, an outbreak was reported at a camp in Carter County.

“It kind of humbles you a little bit and makes you realize we’re not untouchable,” Mayhan said.

In an email FOX 56 obtained from Blue Grass Christian Camp, officials say after a few members of last week’s camp session came down with COVID, the camp tested unvaccinated staff and volunteers. Multiple positive tests came back Tuesday, and the rest of this week’s camp was canceled.

“It reminds us that COVID is still prevalent and that it can still happen,” Blackburn said.

We reached out to Blue Grass Christian camp to ask a couple questions. They have not yet responded.

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