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Campers exposed to excessive chlorine at Portage County pool
Health officials will review incident to determine whether further action should be taken

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A group of six disabled children and two staffers at a Portage County summer camp were briefly hospitalized Tuesday due to excess chlorine in a swimming pool.

Portage County Department of Disabilities superintendent Pat Macke says about a dozen disabled campers were swimming in the pool at Happy Days School in Ravenna when the incident occurred.

Macke says one of the children hit an emergency shutoff pump for the pool, which was then restarted.

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Macke says, “When the pump was started back up there was a belch of chlorine in the pool and there was an immediate decision to get everyone out of the pool.” 

The children were transported to Robinson Memorial Hospital and Akron Children’s Hospital after the chlorine exposure. 

Macke believes most of the children have been released from care.

Macke says Portage County Health and OSHA officials are meeting Wednesday to review safety standards at the facility.

The summer camp is operated by the Akron Area YMCA and Rotary. 

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