Morris Park Health Update News & Information
- On Monday, September 28, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced that it is investigating a cluster of Legionnaires' disease cases among residents and workers in the Morris Park section of the Bronx.
- Einstein was notified on September 29 that preliminary tests conducted by the DOHMH showed detection of Legionella in some campus water towers.
- Further testing is underway to conclude if samples contain live bacteria capable of causing disease. Results should be available from the DOHMH the week of October 5.
- As a precautionary measure, the vendor for facilities management has disinfected all cooling towers on campus as of September 30, and is currently power washing and wiping down each cooling tower-a process that should be completed by midweek the week of October 4. DOHMH has been notified of all these efforts and noted that Einstein is fully compliant with all of the agency's orders and expectations.
- The Health Department has said that there have been no new cases since September 21; since the incubation period is 2 to 10 days, we are at the tail end of that period.
- All buildings remain open and operations remain the same as do work hours and student activities.
- The DOHMH issues regular updates on their website on the Morris Park cluster, available here.
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