Update: Camp Chief Ouray to open June 29 after closure due to sickness oubreak
Update, June 26: Camp Chief Ouray received word on June 25 that the Colorado Department of Health and Environment has approved its camp reopening for Sunday, June 29, following a gastrointestinal illness outbreak that made 45 campers and staff members sick.
According to Martha Sortland of the camp’s YMCA of the Rockies, where Camp Chief Ouray is located at its Tabernash facility, lab tests were inconclusive in regard to the source of the illness and the exact type of virus.
The camp took steps to keep certain sick campers with vomiting symptoms quarantined in the camp health center and monitored for 48 hours, she said. And, “we’re changing the way we serve food in the dining hall to limit any potential exposure,” she said.
Sortland said there have been no new cases of the illness since the original outbreak occurred. By Friday, June 20, 11 percent of campers and 17 percent of staff had come down with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps.
The camp’s reopening is at the start of its session 4.
June 24: Grand County Public Health, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Camp Chief Ouray are investigating gastrointestinal illness in individuals at the camp, according to Grand County Public Health. As of Friday, June 20, about 45 campers and staff members had become ill with gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Grand County Public Health and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, in cooperation with the camp, are working to determine the source of the illness and to minimize the spread of the illness.
The number of those who became ill equates to about 11 percent of campers and 17 percent of staff, according to Camp Chief Ouray’s website.
On the recommendation of the Colorado Department of Health, the camp is canceled its third session “in order to be proactive about the health of our campers,” the website states. Meanwhile, camp officials is working toward reopening the camp for Session 4, starting June 29.
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