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Church camp COVID outbreak: 20 fully vaccinated residents test positive, health officials say

Galveston County health officials are doing their own testing and confirm 156 people tested positive for the virus after attending the camp.

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas — Galveston County Health District confirms at least 20 fully vaccinated residents who attended a church-sponsored summer camp event in League City last month have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Current data, as of Monday, July 19, is that out of the 450 plus people who attended this camp at Clear Creek Community Church, more than 130 of them have self-reported that they have tested positive for COVID.

Galveston County health officials are doing their own testing and confirm 156 people have indeed tested positive for the virus after attending the camp.

The fast-spreading Delta variant has been identified in 20 test samples tied to this church camp COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Galveston County Health District

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Additional samples are being tested, health officials confirmed.

“The Delta variant is highly contagious, more so than other strains. And people who are unvaccinated are at most risk,” said Dr. Philip Keiser, Galveston County local health authority.

“I cannot stress enough – there is no reason to not get vaccinated if you’re old enough. There are plenty of vaccines available,” Keiser continued. “In this outbreak, at least as of now, it appears most of the people who have tested positive are old enough to be vaccinated. These vaccines are safe, effective and they offer the best protection against COVID-19 to you, your family and your community.”

The health district said it was notified of the first positive COVID-19 case tied to the camp on June 27. Since then the number of positive cases has been growing, but thus far, no one has been hospitalized.