Officials: Albany County DoH confirm two cases of Legionella
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. (WRGB) – The Albany County Department of Health says two people at the Promenade senior living community tested positive for Legionella, and one of those people has died.
However, they say the exact cause of death has not been confirmed.
Officials say preliminary water samples taken from the facility revealed the bacteria.
The NYS DOH is responsible for overseeing assisted living facilities.
A spokesperson says they are monitoring the situation and working with management to ensure the safety of other residents living here.
Officials say water restrictions have been put in place, including new shower filters and bottled water for drinking.
This is not the first time legionella has been discovered at this location.
The state confirms from 2010 to 2012, when the building was a Best Western, legionella was found in 19 people with exposure to the hotel.
Legionella is transmitted by breathing in small droplets of water that contain the bacteria.
It is not spread from person to person, but it can be especially severe for the elderly.
Schenectady city Councilwoman Leesa Perazzo says her 87-year-old father had the disease last summer.
“He had this cold he just couldn’t quite get over, and then he ended up with a fever, and he just kept declining and it got to the point where we needed to call an ambulance because he collapsed,” she said.
Perazzo says he was in the hospital for 6 days and then in recovery for 6 weeks.
“He couldn’t support his own weight and it was very intense. I wish my very best for the people that are now battling this health condition because it’s a challenge,” Perazzo said.
Officials say final results from water samples should be ready within a week.