Latest statistics on the Legionnaires' outbreak in NYC

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Here are the latest statistics released from the New York City Department of Health on the Legionnaires' disease outbreak.


What the health department knows about the cases:

- Individuals with Legionnaires' deceased: 7

- All deceased individuals were older adults and had additional underlying medical problems

- Reported individuals with Legionnaires': 81

- Individuals with Legionnaires' hospitalized: 64

- Individuals with Legionnaires' treated and discharged: 28

Locations and Remediation:

- 22 buildings visited in the cluster area and 17 were identified to have cooling towers

- All 17 have been tested and all results have returned

- 5 buildings have tested positive

- Remediation has been completed at all 5 locations

- Lincoln Hospital remediation completed

- Concourse Plaza remediation completed

- Opera House Hotel remediation completed

- Verizon remediation completed

- Streamline Plastic Co. remediation completed

- All sites will submit long-term plans as to how they will maintain the cooling towers to protect against any future growth of Legionella - those plans are due Friday.

- New York City's drinking water supply and other water features, like fountains and pools, are safe throughout New York City and are unaffected by Legionella.

Ongoing DOHMH Actions:

- Continued monitoring for new cases

- Close collaboration with area hospitals

- Disease detectives conducting epidemiological investigation

- Interviews with all individuals reported with Legionnaires' to support source identification

- Providing updates to elected officials and Bronx residents

- Outreach to vulnerable populations - senior centers, homeless shelters, and other locations

- Monitoring of disinfection of affected cooling towers

Community Affairs Unit:

- Flyers were distributed this weekend to update Bronx residents about Monday's Town Hall and provide fact sheet on Legionnaires' disease - flyers in English and Spanish

- Flyers handed out at major Bronx hubs on Saturday and Sunday

- Continued communication with local elected officials

- Communication with local community boards 1, 2, 3, and 4

- Hosting Town Hall on Monday for area residents with Council Member Vanessa Gibson

Office of Emergency Management:

- Hosting daily inter-agency calls to coordinate operations

- As a precautionary measure, distributing messaging and information to OEM's Advanced Warning System distribution list - a collection of more than 4,000 healthcare and service providers

- Will be distributing health information throughout the week, including National Night Out events in the Bronx this Tuesday