UPDATE: Guthrie Health facility re-opens amidst Legionella scare

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UPDATE (1:44 P.M.) According to Guthrie Health, the facility is reopen with no restrictions.

UPDATE (2:30 p.m.): Guthrie Health tells 18 News that “a low positive presence of Legionella” was found during routine water tests at Guthrie Healthworks in Erwin.

Guthrie plans to resume regular operations on Friday, September 20, 2019. 

Guthrie is contacting patients and Healthworks members regarding appointments and services.

“We advise following the NYSDOH guidance on Legionella, which states most healthy individuals do not become infected with Legionella bacteria if exposed,” stated Guthrie’s Chief Quality Officer, Dr. Michael Scalzone

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ERWIN, N.Y. (WETM) – The New York State Department of Health has confirmed to 18 News that contaminants found in the water at the Guthrie Healthworks Erwin facility during routine testing, tested positive for legionella.

Jeffrey Hammond, Public Information Officer for the New York State Department of Health issued the following statement.

“The New York State Department of Health has provided technical assistance and guidance to Guthrie HealthWorks Wellness & Fitness Center after water samples collected by the facility tested positive for legionella.  As a precaution, the Center voluntarily closed while it implements measures to prevent potential exposure to Legionella.”

Jeffrey Hammond, Public Information Officer for the New York State Department of Health

Additional Information:

  • In New York State, including NYC, between 200 and 800 cases of legionellosis are diagnosed annually.  More legionellosis cases are usually identified in the summer and early fall, but it can happen any time of year. 
  • It’s important to stress, Legionella is not spread person to person.
  • For more information about Legionella, please see: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/legionellosis/fact_sheet.htm

(This is a breaking news story, please check back for an update)

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ERWIN, N.Y. (WETM) – Contaminants were found in the water at the Guthrie Healthworks Erwin facility during routine testing, leading to the temporary closure of the facility.

The NYS Department of Health was consulted and professional remediation services were brought on-site following the DOH’s guidance.

Guthrie is contacting patients and Healthworks members regarding appointments and services.

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler tells 18 News that the issue “doesn’t appear to impact the town or residents.”

Healthworks and Guthrie Erwin will resume regular operations on Friday, September 20.

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