Officials urge Long’s Retreat customers to call

By Frank Lewis -

The Portsmouth City and Scioto County health departments are asking any resident who has visited Long’s Retreat in Pike County since June 24, 2016, to call the health department’s epidemiologist at 740-353-5153.

According to health department officials they have received calls in the last day or so from people who visited the facility and are now complaining about symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and diarreha. The health departments would like to hear from Scioto County residents even if they are not sick and are not experiencing any of those symptoms.

The Daily Times reached out to the Pike County General Health District and was told the District is continuing to interview concerned and affected individuals and are awaiting lab results.

Meanwhile, the Health District is still requesting that individuals who have visited Long’s Retreat since June 1, 2016, contact the Pike County General Health District to complete an interview, even if they did not experience symptoms.

A news release from the Pike County General Health District said, if you are symptomatic please contact your local county health department for instructions on how to submit a stool sample.

The Pike County General Health District, neighboring health departments, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio EPA, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Long’s Retreat Family Resort are still working to determine the root cause of the illness. At last check, the root cause has not been determined and they said they are still exploring all possible options and will continue investigating the matter until it is resolved and will strive to communicate any updates on the suspected outbreak in a timely manner. The next update will be on or before Tuesday at 11a.m.

Long’s Retreat officials released the following statement on Facebook.

“The safety and health of our guests has always been and will remain our top priority, followed closely by their enjoyment and entertainment. In our efforts to maintain this, we would like to share our water test results from July 14, 2016. While we have not received these yet in written form, we had a verbal report of 10mpn/100ml. Again, the acceptable level as established by the Ohio Department of Agriculture is not to exceed 126mpn/100ml.

“While it is not feasible for us to respond to everything on social media, we want to remain as transparent as possible throughout this process and will thus be providing you with updates here on our Facebook page.”

On Monday morning, Long’s Retreat reported they were fully open and operational (weather permitting) and continue to remain in close contact with the Pike County Health Department, the Ohio Department of Agriculture, and the Ohio EPA in their efforts to ensure the safety, health and enjoyment of their guests.

By Frank Lewis

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.