A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Covenant Living at the Holmstad in Batavia, IL now includes 12 people. Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, is spread when contaminated water vapor is inhaled. Test results from samples taken from various locations around Holmstad are still pending.
While public health officials search for the source of the outbreak, the senior living community, located at 700 W. Fabyan Parkway, has put water restrictions in place.
These restrictions include:
- Removal of aerators from all faucets
- Restricted shower usage
- Recommending a pencil-sized stream of water
- Suspending the use of hoses, sprayers, etc.
The water restrictions are key to preventing the spread of the disease among those who are most vulnerable: people over 50, people who are frail and people with weakened immune systems. Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks are the result of an overgrowth of Legionella bacteria inside plumbing systems and can be prevented with good water management plans.
Because the risk of Legionella overgrowth in large plumbing systems is well-known and the risk to seniors is great, water management plans at senior living communities are essential.
September 16, 2019 Update: The Illinois Department of Health has also confirmed two additional cases in the community of Batavia. They are conducting water tests within a mile of the Covenant Living at the Holmstad facility.
If you or a loved one are part of this outbreak, contact our Legionnaires’ Disease Attorneys for a free consultation. You can reach us by calling 1(888) 377-8900 (toll-free), sending a text to 612-261-0856 or using the form below.