Mohonk Norovirus Outbreak Confirmed: An outbreak at the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York that infected staff and hotel guests in late January and early February has been confirmed by the New York State Department of Health. It is reported that hundreds have been sickened by the outbreak.
Norovirus is an extremely contagious virus that can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. The symptoms usually subside within a few days, however the symptoms can lead to dehydration and require hospitalization. The virus is generally passed through contact with contaminated food or water, touching contaminated surfaces, or through person to person contact.
It was reported that hotel guests and staff began getting sick around January 31st. The hotel tried to sanitize on its own before realizing the illness was very persistent and hired a private company to perform the sanitation. The Mohonk shut down temporarily on February 7th so that all guest and staff areas could under go extensive cleaning and proper decontamination.