The city of Lakeland’s Camp Blast at Kelly Recreation Complex is closed today and Wednesday for deep cleaning after a counselor tested positive for COVID-19. The camp reopens for the final two days of the summer session on Thursday.

The closure doesn’t affect the other Camp Blast location at Simpson Park.

The summer employee showed no symptoms of the disease but received a positive result when tested as part of a physical exam for an upcoming job, city spokesman Kevin Cook said. The employee notified supervisors at 7 a.m. today.

“I found out this morning and immediately started the process to notify parents, staff and our cleaning crews so we moved very fast to mitigate the issue,” city Parks Director Bob Donahay said. “I really want to thank the employee for contacting us as soon as they received the message from their health care provider so we could notify parents and start the process of contact tracing and deep cleaning the facility.”

Donahay added: “I am extremely sorry that this happened and I feel for the working parents who now have to scramble to find child care for these next few days, but the safety and welfare of our visitors, staff and, of course, our day camp participants is the most important thing at this time.”

About 35 children attend the Kelly Rec camp, Cook said. The upstairs classroom and gymnasium areas occupied by the camp have been closed to the general public, and areas not used for the camp remain open.

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Barry Friedman founded in 2015 as the culmination of a career in print and digital journalism. Since 1982, he has used the tools of reporting, editing and content curation to help people in Lakeland understand their community better.

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