|California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Takes Further Steps to Eliminate Legionella from Stockton Facilities|
Stockton, CA…Officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Correctional Health Care Services, California Department of Public Health and San Joaquin County Public Health are investigating the presence of Legionella at California Health Care Facility (CHCF) and the Northern California Youth Correctional Center (NCYCC), which includes N.A. Chaderjian and O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facilities, in Stockton. Last month, a patient from CHCF passed away at an outside hospital, and post-death analysis confirmed Legionnaires’ disease in the patient.
In response to preliminary environmental testing results confirming the presence of Legionella, CDCR began implementing recommended mitigation efforts. This includes the discontinued use of potable water, providing bottled water to staff and inmates, installing self-filtering showerheads, and increasing education.
“The safety and security of everyone who lives in, works in or visits our facilities is our top priority. After consulting with local and state public health experts, and out of an abundance of caution, we are taking several steps to address the presence of Legionella in our affected institutions,” said CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz.
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