Summer camp in Muskoka district shuts amid COVID-19 outbreak

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ROSSEAU, Ont. — A summer camp in the District of Muskoka has decided to shut down after several COVID-19 cases were linked to an outbreak.

In a letter to parents this weekend, Muskoka Woods Camp says it mentioned during drop-off that an outbreak was ongoing in one cohort.

The Rosseau, Ont., camp says it found another positive case outside of the original cohort and has canceled its fifth week.

It says campers must be picked up as soon as possible and full refunds  will be issued for the week.

Muskoka Woods Camp CEO John McAuley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Overnight camps in Ontario were allowed to open under strict protocols when the province moved into the second phase of its reopening plan in early July.

Under the final protocols laid out 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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