35 at Camp Bisco treated at hospital

Monday, July 16, 2012
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— A total of 35 Camp Bisco attendees were taken to the Ellis Hospital emergency room Thursday through Sunday.

Of those, 12 were admitted, according to hospital spokeswoman Donna Evans, most for drug overdoses, a few for broken bones.

“It was busy at times,” she said, “but manageable.”

The ER’s ability to deal with the numbers was due in part to good planning. According to Evans, they anticipated the rush Bisco would generate, boosting their staff to compensate. Camp Bisco is a large music festival that attracted an estimated tens of thousands of people, although organizers could not provide exact numbers.

While the number of those treated at the hospital seems high, Frank Potter, owner of Indian Lookout Country Club where the camp was held, said all precautions were taken.

“We followed all the rules,” he said. “We had ambulances. We made sure to transport people. It’s all about safety.”

Potter hires his own security, so with the exception of investigating the death of a concession worker from an apparent drug overdose Wednesday morning, police were not involved in the event.

Duanesburg and Mohawk ambulances were on call.

Overall, however, Potter considered the event a success.

“There were a few incidents here and there, but they’re here for the music,” he said. “I preached a little. If you want to keep the right to gather, you have to be good to your neighbor.”

According to the Schenectady County Sheriff’s office, traffic left the event Sunday morning without major incident.

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