Covid-19 Outbreak at Keystone Church Camp in Texas

Reports began circulating on social media this weekend regarding an outbreak of Covid cases from Keystone Church's youth camp, which was apparently held out of town at Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center in Aquila, Texas July 6-10. Keystone Church is located in Keller, Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Brandon Thomas is the founding and senior pastor. One post shared by Sarah Zamora on Facebook included photos of the kids at camp in groups and singing at a very large gathering without masks. Some photos do show kids wearing masks at times. 





Keystone Church camp album on Facebook - *this album is no longer available. It was removed shortly after I  published this blog post. 










Keystone Screencaps

I shared some of these posts earlier today and received a message with a screenshot (posted below) of a post from a parent of a camper who attended Keystone's camp, along with the email sent by the church.  

Rob Patterson, a pastor at Keystone Church, is on the City of Keller's Covid-19 Task Force





I replied to a tweet by Keystone Church and asked if they would like to make a statement about this outbreak. They blocked me shortly after. 





If anyone has any further information, I can be reached at watchkeepamy@gmail.com. 

UPDATE:
Keystone Church posted a statement.









*Update* July 21

The City of Keller stated today that they cannot comment on the Covid19 outbreak from Keystone Church youth camp, because the church has retained legal counsel.







 

Latham Springs temporarily closes after COVID-19 exposure 

Latham Springs Camp and Retreat Center at Aquilla has closed for two weeks and its staff is under “house quarantine” after the camp learned about confirmed cases of COVID-19 among members of a church group from Keller.

Keystone Church, a nondenominational congregation in Keller, rented the retreat center for a July 6-10 camp that involved about 450 students, sponsors and staff.

“On the first day of camp, after the group had been here a few hours, we received a call from a parent of one of the students that a family member had tested positive” for COVID-19, a statement issued by Latham Springs read.

“We immediately isolated the student and then sent her home. Two days later, we were notified that she had tested positive for COVID-19. The church immediately isolated her age group, and then anyone that had close contact with her was sent home. The rest of that group was isolated (after parents were notified) for the remainder of the camp and then sent home with parents.”


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