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More COVID Cases Connected to Western Illinois Youth Camp

Courtesy of Crossing Camp

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) now says 85 teenagers and an adult staff member contracted COVID-19 at the Crossing Camp. The summer youth camp took place in mid-June in Rushville. 

One unvaccinated young adult required hospital treatment.

The IDPH said a couple people at the camp also attended a nearby conference, which resulted in 11 more cases of COVID-19.

The department said it appears most of those attending the camp were not inoculated even though everyone was eligible for the vaccine. People age 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, but teens are the group least likely to have gotten their COVID shots.

The state reports a vaccination rate of around 40% in Schuyler and Adams counties, which is where the outbreaks happened.

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Rich is the News Director at Tri States Public Radio. Rich grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago but now calls Macomb home. Rich has a B.A in Communication Studies with an Emphasis on Radio, TV, and Film from Northern Illinois University. Rich came to love radio in high school where he developed his “news nerdiness” as he calls it. Rich’s high school had a radio station called WFVH, which he worked at for a couple years. In college, Rich worked at campus station WKDI for three years, spinning tunes and serving at various times as General Manager, Music Director and Operations Manager. Before being hired as Tri States Public Radio’s news director in 1998, Rich worked professionally in news at WRMN-AM/WJKL-FM in Elgin and WJBC-AM in Bloomington. In Rich’s leisure time he loves music, books, cross-country skiing, rooting for the Cubs and Blackhawks, and baking sugar frosted chocolate bombs. His future plans include “getting some tacos.”