The Erie County health commissioner said, “It looks like the norovirus,” on Tuesday morning after his department collected stool samples from the sick staffers. He also said:
‘As soon as we know a little bit more about what we’re dealing with for sure, we’ll have a better way of dealing with future precautions.’
The noroviris, aka “the cruise ship virus,” is highly contagious and is basically a gastrointestinal nightmare.
State GOP officials warned the 550 delegates by email about the outbreak early on Tuesday morning. All delegation members were advised on ways to avoid catching the norovirus, such as washing hands regularly, avoiding handshakes, and not sharing food with others.
A 53-year-old delegate and rancher from Solano County, Martin Emigh, says that he is hoping that since he has had the norovirus before, he’ll be immune this time.
‘That’s my biggest hope right now. I had norovirus last winter. It was horrible. It will put you down. I’m not going to weaken. We’ve got to make America great again.’
The norovirus is known for spreading like wildfire on cruise ships and other crowded locations. The virus affects 19 to 21 million people in the U.S. every year and the symptoms sound miserable. The stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea, to name a few symptoms, can be fatal among old and young alike.
The hotel where the delegates are being housed is connected to the largest waterpark in the U.S. Reportedly it was the hotel officials who contacted the county health department to report the outbreak.
After being symptom-free for 24 hours, those who were sick were allowed to leave quarantine, where gatorade and food were delivered. More than one staff member was so sick that they actually had to go to the hospital for I.V. fluids.
Many staffers were seen over the weekend using their own personal bottles of hand sanitizer, but by Monday night there were large dispensers of hand sanitizer placed throughout the delegation’s hotel.
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