Altitude Trampoline Park ‘super deep cleans’ as health district sets up hotline

MARYSVILLE – The Altitude Trampoline Park closed for six hours Tuesday for a deep cleaning.

Owner Dave Jones did it just to make sure.

Some people who went to the park recently for a birthday party complained that their children got sick there.

Jones pointed out that children can get sick anywhere – classrooms, church, with their families, etc.

But since the accusation was made he wanted to respond to the public’s concerns.

“We don’t know where they got sick – whether it was here or somewhere else,” he said. “But we wanted to take extra precaution, go the extra mile, and have a super deep clean.”

Jones said the facility cleans the trampolines every night with a bleach product that kills the norovirus, which is called the “Winter vomiting bug” that is highly contagious and lasts a few days.

The Snohomish Health District does not investigate such complaints.

Jones said a lot of people come to the trampoline park, and some could be sick. Also, it is flu season, still, he added.

“We run a very clean facility,” Jones said.

Meanwhile, the Snohomish Health District said Wednesday that it is activating a temporary call center for anyone who went to the trampoline park on or after March 10. Call 425-388-5088.

“While it’s not considered a reportable condition, we do follow up on cases of gastrointestinal illnesses like norovirus when they might be part of a larger outbreak,” said Nancy Furness, director of the district’s communicable disease division. “Schools, daycares and other places where large numbers of children play — like trampoline parks — can be prime spots for the germs spread quickly.”

There are no drugs or vaccines to treat or prevent norovirus. But taking these precautions will help prevent the spread of the virus:

•Wash hands after using the bathroom

•Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces with a solution of bleach and water

•Wash all clothes and linens soiled by vomit or fecal matter immediately

•Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly

•Do not prepare food for others while sick

•Keep children with symptoms home from school or child care

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