YMCA’s Camp Seymour in Gig Harbor is closed again this week following an outbreak of an illness suspected to be norovirus.
More than 200 campers were sent home last Thursday when children and staff members started experiencing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, said Renee Quinn, community relations director of YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties. A total of 66 campers and 14 staff fell ill last week. Pierce County health officials suspect a camper carried in the virus.
The date to re-open the camp was pushed back from Sunday to Aug. 11 after previously healthy staff members exhibited symptoms Saturday night.
“We were fearful that healthy staff had been in contact with sick staff, and we didn’t want to risk the possibility of another outbreak,” Quinn said.
Parents have been following up on the YMCA’s offer to refund or reschedule campers, she said. The public can contact Diane Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the camp Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 253-884-3392 for a refund or to reschedule.
Norovirus is very contagious and spreads through enclosed places such as cruise ships and daycare centers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It causes stomach pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and can be transmitted through contaminated food and liquids or contact with infected people or surfaces.