FIOS1 reports that on June 10, 2017 was the day Jay and Jennifer Gorinson had been dreaming of: a wedding that seemed as perfect as can be. But in the days following, the newlyweds faced a nightmare.
“We were notified on the first day of our honeymoon of a potential infection of hepatitis A,” said Jay Gorinson, the groom.
The couple’s nearly 200 guests are at risk for Hepatitis A. The Health Department confirmed that a bartender at their wedding venue, Monteverde at Oldstone in Cortlandt Manor, was infected.
“It’s embarrassing. The first notification that I had to put out about our marriage was warning our guests, family members and loved ones about a potential virus infection,” continued Gorinson.
The viral liver disease is transmitted by ingesting contaminated food, water, or in case, possibly through an infectious person. Gorinson detailed just how many people were at risk of contamination:
“All attendees essentially that may have been inside the mansion, including my 1 and 3-year-old nephew and niece, who just got vaccinated today as well and incurred about $700 worth of charges that I contacted Monteverde about today and they said it was an unfortunate circumstance and they had no further comment after that.”
The newlyweds spent Tuesday at the Health Department getting vaccinated like most of their attendees nationwide have had to do. They say they reached out to the venue for about a week and it wasn’t until today that they heard from them for the first time.
“Why didn’t Monteverde contact us? It’s just sad, embarrassing, and most of all frustrating that we’re not getting any type of communication really,” added Gorinson.
Since then, the county officials have worked to locate Montverde guests, notify them and offer a vaccination option, according to Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino:
“There are now more than 200 people or so that we are trying to contact in 10 states, the District of Columbia, NYC – so it’s a monumental effort by the Health Department to reach everybody just so they are safe.”