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Campers test positive for COVID-19 after attending evangelical youth camp in Texas

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP/RNS) -- Hundreds of campers may have been exposed to COVID-19 after attending a Christian camp hosted by Fellowship Church, an evangelical megachurch in Grapevine. The church's Allaso Ranch retreat center, located near Dallas-Fort Worth, has been welcoming campers of various ages this summer since June 13. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that at least three campers who attended camps at Allaso Ranch in the previous two weeks have tested positive for coronavirus, with one child hospitalized.

Texas hospital ends man’s COVID-19 treatment due to his disability

AUSTIN, Texas(RNS) -- Michael Hickson, a man paralyzed three years ago after suffering a cardiac arrest, died June 11 after St. David's South Austin Medical Center in Texas ended his treatment for COVID-19 due to his disability. Hickson, 46, a Black father of five, was admitted to St. David's on June 2 after reportedly contracting coronavirus from a staff member at his nursing home. After he spent several days in St. David's intensive care unit, the hospital determined that Hickson, who has quadriplegia, would not benefit from further treatment, and he was moved to hospice with the assent of his legal guardian, a local nonprofit called Family Eldercare.