Health department: ‘Sherwood Forest’ ID’d as possible COVID exposure site


GRANT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A public COVID-19 exposure site has been identified in Oceana County after a Kalamazoo resident tested positive for coronavirus.

The person who tested positive attended Sherwood Forest Appreciation weekend. Billed as a “intimate primitive camping” event, it took place between June 25 and 28 at the Double JJ Resort near Rothbury.

District Health Department #10, which covers Oceana County, was notified by the Kalamazoo
County Health Department about the positive test.

Health officials say there were crowded conditions and challenges for proper social distancing at the site.

DHD #10 said Double JJ sold more than 650 wrist bands to attendees. There were between 150 to 180 campsites. About half of the attendees are believed to have stayed in condos or rental units at the resort.

“We continue to see increased cases of COVID-19 in the community making it more important than ever for everyone to follow the prevention measures that have been promoted: wearing masks or face coverings, social distancing, and following proper hygiene,” DHD #10 Health Officer Kevin Hughes said.

Health officials say if you were at the event, you should watch for symptoms for 14 days since the possible exposure. Anyone who is self-monitoring should keep away from family, close contacts and roommates as much as possible. COVID-19 symptoms include fever or chills, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and recent loss of taste or smell. Anyone experiencing one or more of these symptoms should immediately quarantine themselves and contact a medical provider.

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