Health department investigating illness outbreak at Kirtland Country Club

KIRTLAND, Ohio -- The Lake County General Health District is currently shipping samples to the Ohio Department of Health from people who became ill at events at Kirtland Country Club over the weekend of May 13.

The club, at 39438 Kirtland Road, started receiving reports from people May 16 that they became ill after attending events over the Mother's Day weekend.

The cause of the outbreak has not yet been determined, according to today's news release from the LCGHD.

The LKGHD says Kirtland Country Club "...proactively reached out to Lake County General Health District (LCGHD) for assistance."

LCGHD also added that it is is also undetermined if it is a foodborne outbreak. It says it is collecting stool samples from those who became ill and those samples will be sent to the ODH by Tuesday May 23.

LCGHD also stated today (May 19) that it is currently awaiting results on food samples that were submitted to ODH Laboratories on May 18 and stressed that the total number of individuals ill and number of individuals hospitalized has not yet been confirmed. 

LCGHD says the country club "...has even gone above and beyond in their response, hiring a cleaning company to assist with their voluntary closure of the main building over May 16, 17 and 18."

“Our ability to quickly identify an outbreak and prevent it from spreading is a direct result of our partnership between our Staff and our Operators.  We could not be more pleased with the cooperation among everyone involved, ranging from the individuals that have been impacted to the KCC staff.”   Dan Lark, LCGHD Environmental Health Director said.

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