NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Another case of Norovirus has been confirmed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, according health officials.
Officials with the Metro Public Health Department said Thursday that a stool sample collected on Wednesday has tested positive for the virus. They said they hope to obtain more samples in the coming days.
Back in January, health officials began looking into the increase of gastrointestinal illness reported at the resort. At that time, lab results indicated at least three people tested positive.
Health officials said Opryland has followed all recommended steps to clean and sanitize the hotel in an attempt to prevent the spread of potential illness.
It’s believed the virus was passed from person to person, and some guests apparently reported being ill before arriving. They said there was no indication that the illness was spread from a food source at the hotel.
Brian Todd of the Health Department added these numbers are normal for this time of year in a hotel that size, and that the virus is easily spread from person to person making it difficult to pinpoint an exact source.
Officials with the hotel released a statement, which read in part: “The safety and health of our guests and employees is our top priority, and we are deeply concerned that an unusual number of guests have fallen ill. The hotel is doing what we can to help any unwell guests be as comfortable as possible and is providing access to staff paramedics and our on-site medical clinic.”
Symptoms of the illness included nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Anyone who is currently ill should contact their health care provider if they are concerned about symptoms.
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