I’m baaack: Opryland hotel guests report illnesses

Despite declaring on Jan. 26, 2015, there was no longer a threat of norovirus at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, The Tennessean reports new cases of illness have been reported.

i'm.back.shiningThe hotel is working with the Metro Public Health Department and following all recommended cleaning and sanitizing steps to prevent the spread of illness, said spokeswoman Jenny Barker in an email to The Tennessean. Barker did not say how many guests were affected.

“A number of guests have notified us that they were feeling unwell upon arrival to the hotel or during their stay with us,” Barker said. “The health and safety of our guests is of paramount importance to Gaylord Opryland.”

Barker says the hotel is implementing additional sanitizing measures above the recommendations since viruses are common during this time of year. Health care services are being provided to sick guests and the hotel has staff paramedics as well as an on-site health clinic, she said.

Opryland Norovirus case count now at 3

I first visited Music Row and Opryland in 1997 as part of the International Association for Food Protection annual meeting (I may have the year wrong).

John-Prine-300x199I went back to Music Row in 2004, to give a talk to a grocery group, oh, and catch John Prine one night and Lyle Lovett the next at the Ryman.

If my church wasn’t the local hockey arena, it would be the Ryman.

But over at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Metro health officials now say that they have confirmed 3 Norovirus cases.

Metro Public Health Department officials have been working closely with Opryland Hotel and the Tennessee Department of Health since being asked by the hotel to investigate the cases last Thursday.

Have an outbreak, lose business; norovirus leads to cancellations at Opryland

One of the consequences of being the source of an outbreak is that folks start to avoid to avoid you. Hotels seem to have persistence issues.

The Tennessean reports that a pharmaceutical company has cancelled a meeting that was to be held at Nashville’s Opryland because of noro concerns.

Gaylord Opryland 20130408-l-LLilly Diabetes, which is a part of Eli Lilly and Company, issued a statement Tuesday about pulling out of Opryland: “The health and safety of our employees is our top priority. After monitoring the situation at Opryland over the weekend, we did make the decision to cancel our meetings that were scheduled there for this week.” As of Monday, the Metro Public Health Department said preliminary lab tests indicate that three people have tested positive for the norovirus. 

Opryland linked to outbreak; health officials think it’s norovirus

On my first trip to Nashville in 1999, Dani’s aunt (who we were visiting) took us to the Opryland hotel. We walked around for about an hour, grabbed some ice cream and took in the vibe. The drive down Music Row was more my thing, but the hotel was pretty impressive.
According to the Tennessean, at least 10 guests of Opryland have been treated for gastroenteritis, and it looks like the cause is norovirus. Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 8.07.49 PM

Burba Isaacs, a vendor at a hardware trade show at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center recently, said she and her husband arrived at the hotel on Jan. 7 and left on Jan. 10.

Around midnight Jan. 10, the Kentucky resident woke up “horrendously ill” with vomiting and diarrhea. She said her husband had developed similar symptoms.

“I haven’t been that sick in a long time,” Isaacs said by phone Thursday. “I have absolutely no idea (what happened).”

The hotel is trying to determine how many guests are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms and seeking the health department’s help, hotel spokeswoman Jenny Barker said in an email to The Tennessean.

“The safety and health of our guests and employees is our top priority, and we are deeply concerned to learn of a number of guests experiencing symptoms of gastrointestinal illness,” Barker said. “We are providing health care services to all affected guests. To prevent further spread, additional precautionary sanitization measures have been implemented throughout the hotel.”
WSMV.com reports that health officials confirmed that at least one guest was ill with norovirus.