UPDATE: Camp Minnehaha, park facilities closed after second counselor tests positive for COVID-19

Landa Recreation Center and Landa Haus (pictured) are closed to the public until further notice. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)
Landa Recreation Center and Landa Haus (pictured) are closed to the public until further notice. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)

Landa Recreation Center and Landa Haus (pictured) are closed to the public until further notice. (Courtesy city of New Braunfels)

Updated 4:10 p.m. June 18

New Braunfels announced June 18 that a second camp counselor at Camp Minnehaha tested positive for COVID-19. Both counselors are quarantined at home, according to a press release.

Activities at the camp have since been halted, and Landa Recreation Center and Landa Haus, both used for camp activities, were closed.

“Our primary concern is protecting the health and safety of our staff and the children that we are trusted to care for,” City Manager Robert Camareno said. “We understand that closing the camps places a burden on some families, but we believe this is the best course of action for the safety of everyone.”

Parents and guardians of all campers are being contacted by staff from the New Braunfels Parks Department.


According to the city, all counselors will be tested for the coronavirus before returning to work, and guidance from local health authorities will inform when the park facilities will be reopened.

City staff will clean and sanitize the recreation center and Landa Haus before they reopen to the public.

Original story

The city of New Braunfels announced June 17 that a summer camp counselor at the Landa Recreation Center tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release.

The counselor has not been on the premises since June 16.

Parents and guardians of all campers are being contacted by the center's staff to inform them of the situation.

According to the city's release, campers are separated into groups that do not interact with other groups of campers or counselors.

“We are taking this situation very seriously and working with our local health officials to follow proper protocols to ensure the health and safety of our staff and campers,” City Manager Robert Camareno said in the news release. “City employees took swift action to begin the notification and cleaning process. The health and safety of our employees and residents is always the top priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and act quickly if any other concerns arise.”

Landa Recreation Center will be cleaned and sanitized before reopening to the public and staff June 18.

The counselor and the campers they interacted with were asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, after which they may return to camp. They could also return after seven days with documentation of a negative COVID-19 test, according to the city.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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