PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — UPMC confirms that Legionella bacteria has been detected at Heritage Place, a 145-bed skilled nursing facility managed by UPMC in Squirrel Hill.
In a statement to KDKA-TV, UPMC spokesperson Allison Hydzik said:
“Legionella bacteria were recently found in a limited number of sinks. Water was immediately shut off and bottled water has been provided while a thermal eradication is performed to destroy the bacteria. This is a routine response for any facility to take when a positive Legionella culture is found.
“UPMC is taking these proactive steps out of an abundance of caution to protect our residents, visitors and staff. We appreciate their patience.”
The director of the Allegheny County Health Department told KDKA’s Jon Delano that there has been no outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease, and furthermore, they have no concern whatsoever that other patients have been affected.
Only one individual was affected by the bacteria, both UPMC and the Allegheny County Health Department also confirmed, and that person has recovered.
UPMC also says no one else is ill at the facility as a result of Legionella.