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Director of Health Issues Adjudication Order to Protect Public Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                       June 1, 2019

Contact: Jose Rodriguez, (614) 270-9121

J.C. Benton, (614) 203-6052

                   

Director of Health Issues Adjudication Order to Protect Public Health

 

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, late yesterday evening issued a rare adjudication order for Mount Carmel Grove City to take immediate action to contain a Legionnaires’ outbreak.

“To protect patients, employees, and visitors, we have acted swiftly today after my team discovered a connection between seven confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease in patients at Mount Carmel Grove City,” said Dr. Acton. “Working in collaboration with Franklin County Public Health, I issued an adjudication order to immediately reduce the risk of further infection. It is our understanding that hospital officials have begun implementing the steps outlined in the order, tonight.”

Steps outlined in the adjudication order include:

  • Flush all hot and cold water lines and fixtures throughout the entire seven-floor, 200-bed facility
  • Implement immediate remediation practices to disinfect hot and cold water lines and fixtures
  • Test and clean all ice machines
  • Ensure the two on-sight cooling towers are cleaned and serviced
  • Provide any and all test results to the Ohio Department of Health
  • Provide water management plan to the Ohio Department of Health

If Mount Carmel Grove City fails to implement the actions outlined in Dr. Acton’s directive, she will order the hospital to cease accepting new patients. 

Officials with the Ohio Department of Health and Franklin County Public Health will conduct an environmental health assessment of the facility on Saturday morning.

Read the entire directive issued by Dr. Acton (attached).

For more information on Legionnaires’ disease and its symptoms visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov.

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