More than 125 COVID-19 cases were linked to a South Texas church camp, says pastor

(CNN) – More than 125 people who attended a summer camp run by a South Texas church tested positive for coronavirus, according to a statement from Clear Creek Community Church lead pastor Bruce Wesley.

The outbreak is due to a Student Ministry Camp in late June for students in grades six through twelve that was attended by more than 400 people, he said.

“Unfortunately, upon returning from camp, more than 125 campers and adults reported to us that they tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, hundreds more were exposed to COVID-19 at camp,” Wesley said.

“And probably hundreds more people were exposed when infected people returned home from the camp,” the statement added.

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Clear Creek Community Church is an interdenominational church based in League City, Texas, with five campuses south of Houston.

The Galveston County Health District said it was notified of the first positive case related to the church camp, held outside the county, was on June 27.

“The health district is working closely with church leaders to investigate the outbreak, trace potential contacts, and offer guidance and resources,” said health district officials. “The youth group did not leave the camp during their stay. They had contact with their church counselors. There were no other campers at the site.”

Services at the church’s five campuses were canceled through Wednesday, according to Wesley.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have sought to love our neighbors by practicing strict security protocols. We are surprised and saddened by this turn of events. Our hearts break for those infected with the virus,” Wesley said in his letter to the church community.

Health officials are asking anyone who attended Clear Creek Community Church camp who feels ill or is a “close contact” of someone who tested positive after attending camp to be tested and self-quarantined at home while they wait for the test results.

“This is a reminder that Covid-19 is still here, and we must take precautions,” Dr. Philip Keizer of the Galveston County Local Health Authority said in the statement.

CNN contacted health officials with a question about the vaccination status of people who went to the camp but received no response.

– CNN’s Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

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