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Tarrant County parents are seeking answers after several kids tested positive for COVID-19 following their return home from a Keller church’s summer camp.

“You just released 300 kids into Keller, Southlake and other community churches, and maybe some kids don’t talk to their kids like my daughter does and they didn’t tell their parents that several other students tested positive for the virus,” Stephanie Brady of Keller told KXAS-TV (NBC 5).

Brady’s daughter is among several Keystone Church campers who have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from the July 6-10 camp, according to NBC 5.

The report said parents were notified while the camp was still underway that a student was sent home on the first day after it was discovered they had been exposed to COVID-19 through a relative. Two days later, that camper tested positive for the virus.

On Tuesday, a reporter for WFAA-TV (Channel 8) tweeted that Latham Springs Camp & Retreat Center, about 75 miles south of Fort Worth, has responded to the outbreak by temporarily shutting down for two weeks.

Brady and other parents are questioning the camp’s COVID-19 protocols in light of photos posted on social media of campers not wearing masks or social distancing. In some, the campers were shown wearing masks around their necks and attending a packed concert.

In a statement posted to its Facebook page, Keystone Church said it “takes seriously the physical, spiritual and emotional health of our community and those that call Keystone Church their home. If any camper was possibly exposed, the parents or guardians of the exposed camper were immediately notified under the guidelines of The Texas State Health Department and the CDC.

“Keystone Church has always and will continue to pray for, invest in and serve our community.”

Tarrant County reported 663 new cases Tuesday, raising its total of confirmed positives to 22,665. The county has delayed the start of in-person classes for schools until at least Sept. 28.