Norovirus prompts closure and cleaning of Mohonk Mountain House resort – NoroCORE Food Virology

Norovirus prompts closure and cleaning of Mohonk Mountain House resort

A photograph of a green canoe by a lake in fallThe historic Mohonk Mountain House in New York voluntarily closed last Friday and is remaining closed for a week for intensive cleaning by a professional company, after numerous staff and visitors developed norovirus-like symptoms. The actual number of people who have been sick in the past couple of weeks is unknown, but has been said to be in the hundreds. It is believed the first cases appeared January 31st and the numbers quickly increased.

Yesterday, six samples reportedly tested positive for norovirus. The New York State Department of Health and the Ulster County Health Department have been involved in the outbreak investigation.

The Mohonk Mountain House has been operated by the Smiley family for 145 years since it opened in 1869, and they have never had to close the resort before. It is scheduled to reopen on Valentine’s Day, and guests that would have been at the resort this week will have their stays rescheduled. A letter was sent to employees on February 7th explaining the resort would be closed and cleaned, and the resort also made a public statement on their Facebook page.

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