QUINCY – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reporting a third laboratory-confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy (IVHQ). The positive test result was reported late yesterday. The resident is in stable condition.
IDVA is boosting disinfection levels in its water to further reduce any potential exposure to residents or staff. IDVA is also implementing modified water restrictions across the IVHQ campus, including:
- Installing Laminar flow devices on all sinks. This filter reduces the aeration of the water as it flows from the faucet.
- Limiting bathing to showers only, which are protected with legionella blocking Pall filters.
- Instituting temperature checks every two hours while residents are awake, and full vitals every four...