James Square nursing home in Syracuse, NY, has implemented additional water restrictions after testing revealed the second building on the property was also positive for Legionella bacteria.
The investigation began after two residents reportedly became ill with Legionnaires’ disease, with the first diagnosis in March of 2017, and the second on July 24, 2017. The facility consists of two buildings connected to one another by a pedestrian bridge. The first round of testing revealed Legionella bacteria in one building, while the most recent testing on August 8, 2017, also revealed Legionella bacteria in the second building.
The nursing home has since installed filters on shower heads and faucets, as well as distributed bottled water to residents. The facility also plans to install a water system to filter the buildings’ water supply.
The nursing home reportedly violated state regulations, which require nursing homes to report to the state health department when 30% or more of water samples test positive for Legionella bacteria. The nursing home apparently received results of that caliber back in June, and failed to report those results for a period of time. Additionally, under the same regulations, nursing homes were to submit water sampling and management plans prior to December 1, 2016. The nursing home has reportedly not yet done so.
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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.