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An assisted living facility in Guilderland with a history of Legionnaires ’outbreaks has been ordered not to admit new residents.
The State Department of Health said on Friday that the University Place could not take place until three successive monthly rounds of testing show bacteria is less than 30 percent of sampled water outlets.
Samples were taken from the facility at 1228 Western Ave. after another resident fell ill with the disease in September.
At least three residents have contracted in the 201 Since the property opened in an assisted living facility in December 2018. Two fell ill in February, one of whom died.
As part of the state's new order, the owners must also install and maintain water filters, all the faucets, and notify residents, staff and visitors.
Legionella bacteria occur naturally in the environment, but grow well in warm water.
Department The department continues to work closely with the Albany County Department of Health. ”State health officials said.
Promenade management will have a chance to appeal in front of an administrative law judge Monday. Calls and emails to management were late Friday. The Promenade runs other senior living facilities downstate and is based in Rockland County.
State testing after the two inhabitants of the city of the United States. they did that involved replacing water heaters, pipes and fixtures. In documents provided to the Guilderland Industrial Development Agency, the owners said they borrowed $ 32 million to renovate the former hotel.
State health investigators in March, however, said they found few a few remnants ”of the old plumbing system that“ could have helped contribute. ”
At least 23 people were sickened by legionella when the property was a Best Western. In 2012, following a spate of illnesses, the hotel closed for nearly two months in order to replace the water boilers and pipes, and flush the water system.
It reopened when water samples came back clear, but four more guests would go on to develop Legionnaires ’.
Prior to the opening of the property, the state-ordered tests of the assisted living facility came back clear.
People are typically exposed to legionella by breathing in contaminated mist or water vapor. The bacteria gets into the lungs and causes a severe type of pneumonia. Those who are at risk are individuals with more than 50, current or former smokers, anyone with a chronic lung disease, or someone with a weak immune system. The disease is not contagious.