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Beaver Creek CC clubhouse still closed

June 27, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

BEAVER CREEK - Health officials still are trying to determine whether a sewage problem at a local country club caused people to get sick.

The Washington County Health Department received more than 80 calls last week from people having gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, department spokesman Rod MacRae said Friday.

Many of those people recently had been to Beaver Creek Country Club, so the health department inspected the premises, MacRae said.

The country club's clubhouse remains closed, but the course, driving range and pool are open, according to the club's Web site.

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Patrick Steiner, the country club's president and CEO, said Tuesday he must make a decision by today about whether a wedding scheduled there Friday night will be held elsewhere. There is a chance the clubhouse could be open by Friday, he said.

The club is serving bottled water and purchased ice to patrons at the golf course and pool, Steiner said.

MacRae said the health department will "strictly monitor" the water supply once the clubhouse reopens.

The septic system at the country club "had breaks in the line and some backing up," he said.

A state laboratory is running tests on stool samples collected from some of the people who got sick, MacRae said Monday.

Health officials continue to take medical histories of the people who got sick, MacRae said.

The Maryland Department of the Environment also was running tests on the club's well-water supply, which the local health department has tested, MacRae said.

The investigation should be complete by next week, and the country club's management is cooperating with officials, he said.

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