The health and well-being of our residents is top priority at Northwest Housing Alternatives. We are coordinating our efforts in regards to the Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak at Rosemont Court with the Multnomah County Health Department officials.
Tragically, four residents have been hospitalized and one passed away after contracting the disease. Our hearts go out to the residents of Rosemont Court and their families during this time.
Legionnaire’s Disease is caused by Legionella bacteria, which is found naturally in fresh water, but can cause health problems if it gets into a building’s water supply. We are working with Multnomah County and the City’s Water Bureau to identify how the bacteria entered the building’s water system; and to determine what measures need to be taken to ensure that the water supply and the water systems of the building are safe before residents return to their homes.
Legionnaires’ Disease is not known to spread from person-to-person. And most healthy people exposed to Legionella do not get sick. But for people at increased risk, breathing in very small droplets of water with the bacteria can lead to severe pneumonia.
We are taking the direction provided by the Multnomah County Health Department to keep residents and staff safe. And we are coordinating diligently with County programs to temporarily relocate residents with supportive services.
We are grateful for the swift response and coordinated effort of Multnomah County staff, and we appreciate the many well wishes and notes of condolence we have received.
People in the building with questions or symptoms can call the County at 503-988-3406.
If you are a member of the press, please contact Julie Sullivan-Springhetti at 503-502-2741 for more information.