Over the past few weeks, we have included several articles regarding the Quincy, Illinois Veteran’s Home Legionnaire’s disease outbreak and the state’s attempts to not only find out exactly what happened, but to also take steps to try and ensure this kind of severe outbreak can never happen again. As of yesterday, this process of figuring out next steps took a new decisive turn by having Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration announce its plans to replace the residence halls at Quincy, Illinois veterans’ facility.
The plan, which was revealed by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries, was initially to replace the plumbing within the residence halls however replacing all of the plumbing would “be involved, not to mention the time it would take to do this (plumbing replacement) would just not be worth the effort when you think about building a brand-new building,”. Jeffries continued by stating that the department did “not want to spend years tearing up 70-year-old buildings to put brand-new piping in when we know that might not be a total solution.”
During the announcement, Jeffries also indicated that the preliminary recommendations from the task forces would be delivered by the end of the month with a final version being complete by May 1. We will continue to monitor these developments as they unfold however for now, this announcement definitely seems like a fairly dramatic shift from previous conversations regarding the replacement of some of the plumbing within the residence halls to now advocate the complete destruction and replacement of residence halls involved with the outbreak. Hopefully this decision will prove to be an effective one and to ensure that no one else contracts Legionnaire’s disease from the veteran’s home.
Jules Zacher is an attorney in Philadelphia who has tried Legionnaires’ disease cases across the U.S. Please visit LegionnaireLawyer.com again for updates.