BATAVIA – Covenant Living at the Holmstad is continuing to work with the Kane County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Health to find the source of Legionella bacteria that has sickened 12 residents since August 30.
Executive Director Amanda Gosnell stated in a news release Sept. 11 that the senior community is maintaining regular operations during the investigation into the Legionnaires' cases.
She stated that inventions to keep residents and employees safe include adding microbial filters to showerheads, flushing water fixtures biweekly in apartments and common areas and conducting thorough chemical and mechanical cleaning of the cooling tower. She stated that the facility is also using hyperchlorination, which is when high doses of chlorine are added to water systems for disinfection. In the release Gosnell said that process was recommended by a water management consultant as a precautionary measure.
The facility is now awaiting results from state water tests that could possibily identify the source of the bacteria, according to the news release.