Thursday, July 9, 2020

BREC Temporarily Closing Independence Community Park Recreation Center after Two Campers Test Positive for COVID-19

Independence Community Park recreation center will close tomorrow for a professional cleaning service to thoroughly sanitize the building after two summer campers tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The campers have not attended the camp since June 30 and their mother informed BREC staff today that the children tested positive. The families of all campers at that location have been notified and given recommendations to quarantine for 14-days. The BREC staff operating the camp will also quarantine for the CDC recommended 14-day period.

The camp was scheduled to end July 24 but will not reopen this summer out of caution. All BREC camps follow strict CDC recommendations regarding wearing masks, drive-through drop-in, physical distancing, handwashing and no sharing of materials.

“As the virus is clearly active and spreading through our community, we will continue to remain vigilant as we offer as many opportunities as we can for residents to safely experience our parks,” said BREC Superintendent Corey K. Wilson. ““While we continue to try and provide great services to the public, we encourage residents to stay home if possible and only get out for essential activities, wear face coverings, practice good hygiene and limit contact with anyone outside of their immediate family,” said Wilson.

This is the first notice BREC has received that that a summer camper has tested positive for the virus and BREC has offered virtual camps since June 1 and in-person camps since June 8.

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