Popular summer camp remains closed as sicknesses linger

KEY PENINSULA, Wash. -- A popular summer camp on the Key Peninsula remains closed after the effects of what's suspected as a stubborn Norovirus continue to linger.

Last week's outbreak at Camp Seymour erupted Wednesday afternoon when one camper became nauseated and began vomiting. By Wednesday night, 45 people were sick.

The camp ruled out food poisoning because it's prepared from two centers and no other children who ate from this source are sick.

The Pierce County Health Department shut down the camp Thursday and parents were called in to take their campers home.

The cause of the outbreak has yet to be confirmed, but it's suspected to be the Norovirus because it's highly contagious and spreads quickly in groups of people. The official cause will be determined when lab results come in later this week.

Workers have been scrubbing down the camp and at one point on Sunday, the camp leaders were giving the all clear to open, but then the decision was reversed because some of the workers there remain sick, and another outbreak would be a devastating blow to Camp Seymour.

Instead, there will be no activities at Camp Seymour this week.

Parents can get a refund or reschedule their child's week of camp by contacting Diane Jackson at They can also call Camp Seymour Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (253) 884-3392.