You are reading

Koslowitz: Parker Towers given all clear of Legionnaires’

Parker Towers

Oct. 12, 2017 By Christian Murray

Parker Towers is free of the bacteria that causes Legionnaires’ disease, according to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, just months after a resident died and another was critically ill from an outbreak.

The announcement was made by Koslowitz via Facebook after she was notified by the Department of Health that recent tests of the water determined that there were no Legionella bacteria.

“The test results show no Legionella bacteria in the building’s water system,” Koslowitz wrote. “It is now safe to use the water as you usually would.”

The victims lived at the 104-60 Queens Boulevard complex when they contracted the disease and most likely contracted the disease by breathing in water vapor containing the legionella bacteria, according to the DOH.

Since the outbreak the department has been checking the building’s hot water plumbing system, where the legionella bacteria that causes the disease is typically found.

The department had notified residents—particularly seniors– to avoid taking showers and instead take baths, and fill the tub slowly while trying to stay out of the bathroom as the tub fills.

Parker Towers management said in a statement that it was relieved that the tests were negative. “We are also glad for the tenants who no longer need to take precautions in using water in their apartments.”

 

 

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Five Queens startups win $20,000 each in 2024 Tech + Innovation Challenge

May. 19, 2024 By Czarinna Andres

A diverse range of businesses, including a yoga studio, an olive oil distributor, a female health care provider, a sustainable mushroom farmer, and an AI-powered physical therapy service, have been named winners of the 2024 Queens Tech + Innovation Challenge (QTIC). Each winner will receive a $20,000 grant to support their business operations.

QBP Richards, advocates rally to demand Mayor Adams restore funding to City’s libraries

May. 17, 2024 By Gabriele Holtermann

A rally was held at the Queens Public Library at Forest Hills on May 16, during which Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Queens Public Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott, union reps and library advocates called on Mayor Eric Adams to reverse the proposed $58.3 million budget cuts to the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), and the Queens Public Library (QBL) for Fiscal Year 2025, which begins on July 1, 2024.

Queens elected officials secure $70 million from New York State Budget for school safety equipment in religious and independent schools

May. 17, 2024 By Anthony Medina

Religious and independent schools throughout the city will soon receive additional funding for school safety equipment, thanks to Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi and State Senator Michael Gianaris, who, after extensive advocacy efforts, successfully secured $70 million from the New York State Budget for 2024-25 for Non-Public School Safety Equipment (NPSE) grants.