It was discovered earlier this March that there were two cases of Legionnaires’ disease at Co-op City in the Bronx earlier this March. Other residents have become upset that the management did not keep them informed about the illnesses.
The two cases occurred approximately one year apart, the first in June 2012 and the second in July 2013, both in Building 27 of the cooperative housing development managed by Riverbay Corp.
The Department of Health investigated the cases and tested the building’s water system, but did not find any problems and therefore believed that Co-op City was not the source of infection.
“We found their water systems to be well maintained, but offered some recommendations for general preventative measures to reduce any potential growth of Legionella,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Health.
These recommendations included maintenance of the water temperature and disinfection of shower heads and faucets.
Residents are upset, however, because details about the investigation and subsequent suggestions for water system maintenance were not relayed to them.
“They should’ve notified their tenants that there was a possibility of it and what the ongoing investigation was,” said resident Darlene Thomas.
Another resident, Pat Brown, agreed that they should have been notified and believed that even though the health department found that the residents were not at risk, the residents should “be the judge of things.”