Earlier this month, the Platinum Ridge Center for Rehabilitation & Healing was notified by the Allegheny County Health Department about a case of Legionnaires’ disease among an individual associated with their facility.
Melissa Wade, spokeswoman for the Allegheny County Health Department, indicated that the water at Platinum Ridge has since tested positive for Legionella bacteria which causes Legionnaires’ disease. However, Wade was unable to provide when the patient associated with the facility was diagnosed with the disease. The facility has been taking precautions such as providing bottled water to it’s residents until the water supply is rid of Legionella.
Platinum Ridge, located at 1050 Broadview Blvd, is one of three facilities in Western Pennsylvania owned by CareRite Centers LLC of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Hillary Butts, the administrator in Brackenridge, notified residents and staff of the issue in an undated letter stating that testing of the facility’s water was performed on November 4, 2016.
Allegheny County has had far more cases of Legionnaires’ disease per 100,000 residents than the national average- with 77 diagnosed cases in the county as of November 12, 2016, in comparison to 63 in total for the year 2015.
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Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.