A preliminary laboratory result confirmed norovirus in at least one case of gastrointestinal illness reported this week at the University of Kansas Hospital’s Marillac Campus in Overland Park, the hospital said Saturday.
The hospital reported 18 illnesses at the Overland Park location on Thursday. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment advised the 52-bed inpatient facility to treat the illness as norovirus, pending laboratory test results.
Hospital workers have continued to use the cleaning process recommended for norovirus since patients and staff began exhibiting symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to a statement from the hospital.
Until the situation is resolved, the Marillac Campus is not taking in new patients.
Those sickened included 10 patients and eight staff members.
Marillac provides pediatric behavioral health services, and its outpatient treatment center has a separate staff and building. KU operates the hospital site for Marillac clients who need hospitalization and become inpatients.