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Monitoring Program Catches Bacteria Early, Keeps Patients Safe

Jul 30, 2018

Statement from NYC Health + Hospitals:

“As part of our aggressive water monitoring program, our routine, required testing of our potable water supply found very low levels of Legionella bacteria at NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi. Per guidance from the New York State Department of Health, which regulates hospitals, we have taken steps to prevent any impact on our patients, staff, or visitors. Safety is always our highest priority.”

  • In coordination with the New York State Department of Health, aggressive, enhanced water treatment and ongoing monitoring are already underway.
  • We have taken steps to observe water restrictions, including using only bottled water, making available packaged bath wipes for daily hygiene, and installing new water filters on showers.
  • The risk to patients, staff, and visitors is very low, and there is no risk to the surrounding community. NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi has notified its patients and staff.