CAMDEN — Preble County Public Health officials are investigating a COVID-19 outbreak at Woodland Trails Scout Reservation, located at 265 Gasper Somers Road, according to a press release issued July 14.
Camp was held the week of July 4-10, according to Preble County Public Health’s prepared statement, which defines an outbreak as”two or more cases [which] are epidemiologically linked with a common exposure in a community, institutional, or healthcare setting.” The statement also specifies that the cases must involve individuals who do not share a household and have not been identified as having close contact in another setting.
“A COVID-19 outbreak indicates potentially extensive transmission within a setting or organization,” the statement further reads. “Public Health is asking anyone [who] attended this event to monitor their health and watch for [symptoms].”
Four cases of COVID-19 infection related to the Woodland Trails event had been confirmed as of Thursday, July 15, according to Preble County Public Health Director of Nursing Chris Maggard. The cases involve a mix of campers and adult staff members who currently reside outside of Preble County.
P.C. Public Health has been coordinating with the Miami Valley Scout Association to identify and reach out to those who were present for the event, according to Maggard. All upcoming camp sessions at Woodland Trails have been cancelled.
“I think the biggest takeaway is that if people haven’t been vaccinated, we encourage them to go ahead and do that,” Maggard said, indicating that more vaccinations could help prevent such potential outbreaks in the future.
Symptoms to watch out for include fever or chills, coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tiredness, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
Those experiencing symptoms should contact Preble County Public Health Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 937-472-0087 for instructions on self-quarantine procedures, monitoring symptoms, and testing, as well as their healthcare provider. Additional public health–related information is available online at www.preblecountyhealth.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PrebleCoHealth and on Twitter @PrebleCoHealth.
Reach Anthony Baker at 937-683-4057 or on Facebook @mproperenglish