“You’re going to have to talk to public health,” Basson said. “They didn’t test it like we’re doing this year. They followed their protocol. We did whatever they told us to do, but that did not include testing of the water sources like we did this time.”
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Officials with Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County could not be reached for comment Thursday night.
Kettering schools are currently working with Public Health and with Solid Blend Water Management Solutions to disinfect all water systems within the 2,300-student school. That process began after a current custodian tested positive for Legionnaires Disease.
Testing within the past two weeks found positive tests in four areas spread around the school — the men’s restroom in the main lobby area, the central unit women’s restroom, the south unit men’s restroom and head custodian’s office, between the cafeteria and the library.
Basson said the contractor will return Monday to retest the school’s water after the disinfecting process.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia that often requires antibiotics and hospital care. The CDC says most cases can be treated successfully, and healthy people usually get better. But about 10 percent die due to complications.
A May 7 CDC document says the coronavirus-related shutdown of schools and other large facilities could increase risks of Legionella bacteria if water in pipes sits stagnant or isn’t flushed for longer periods than normal.