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A summer camp counselor at the Knowles YMCA on Stadium Boulevard has tested positive for COVID-19, the Jefferson City YMCA announced Friday.

YMCA CEO Craig Lammers made the announcement in a letter sent to YMCA members. He said the YMCA learned Wednesday about the positive test and the last day the counselor worked was July 24.

"Upon learning of this, we immediately contacted the Callaway County Health Department, the home county of the employee, and we are following their guidance to ensure proper protocols are being followed," Lammers wrote. "All camp families were notified of the positive case."

In response to the staff member's positive case, Lammers said, the YMCA decided to close the camp for the remainder of the summer.

"The employee did not have close contact with members; therefore, it was deemed safe to keep the Knowles facility open," Lammers wrote. "However, our custodial staff immediately deep cleaned and sanitized the entire facility. Staff continue to clean and sanitize equipment, frequently touched surfaces and the entire facility on a regular basis. We will continue to work with the health department to determine what other actions, if any, would be prudent on our part."

As of Thursday, the Cole County Health Department had confirmed 273 total positive COVID-19 cases among residents since the pandemic began. There have been 118 total cases in Callaway County, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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