VERONA, N.Y. – An employee at Turning Stone Resort and Casino has tested positive for hepatitis A, according to Joel Barkin, vice president for communications.
The Oneida Indian Nation contacted the Oneida County Health Department on Sept. 26, when the employee tested positive, to develop a plan to limit the spread of the virus. Only one employee has tested positive so far and will be on leave until medically cleared to return to work.
Any employees or guests who were in contact with this person and potentially exposed were notified and scheduled for screening and vaccinations by the health department.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection that usually spreads when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food, or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person.
Barkin says for the safety of guests and employees, Turning Stone has existing protocols to follow when incidents like this occur.