COVID outbreak shuts down Muskoka summer camp

Positive case detected outside original cohort

Muskoka Woods summer camp has decided to shut down amid an outbreak of COVID-19.

The camp, located in Rosseau, said in a letter to parents this weekend that it mentioned during drop-off that an outbreak was ongoing in one cohort.

Another positive case was detected outside of the original cohort, according to the camp. It is offering full refunds and asking campers be picked up as soon as possible.

The Ford government gave overnight camps in Ontario the green light to operate under strict rules when the province moved into the second phase of the reopening plan in early July.

In fact, during a tour of a vaccination centre in Mississauga in May, Premier Doug Ford said summer camps would be allowed to open, but at the time did not offer specifics.

Under approved protocols unveiled by the province, campers are required to stay within cohorts, self-isolate 14 days prior to arrival at camp and be screened and tested for the virus while at camp, among other things.

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