Ashland County Public Health investigating COVID-19 outbreak at camp
Ashland County Public Health reported Friday it was investigating COVID-19 cases associated with Camp Eagle Ridge.
According to a news release, to date, 14 people have tested positive for COVID-19, primarily staff. Camp Eagle Ridge is a boys and girls summer leadership camp in Mellen, Wisconsin.
“Ashland County Public Health is working with Camp Eagle Ridge leadership and staff to conduct an investigation to contain the virus,” said Elizabeth Szot, Ashland County health officer. “Camp Eagle Ridge leadership has been working closely with the families of all campers, and all campers from the entire camp season have been notified of potential risk exposure as an additional precaution.”
According to health officials, the camp has taken precautions in compliance with the American Association Accreditation and all individuals have been compliant with isolation and quarantine recommendations. As soon as the outbreak was identified, all campers were returned home with instructions to isolate and monitor for symptoms, the news release said.
Ashland County Public Health assures the public this is an isolated outbreak and poses little risk to the surrounding communities at this time as camp staff and campers have little interaction with those communities.
County health officials are continuing to work with the camp, local, state and federal partners as this is an evolving situation.