Albany, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo today dispatched approximately 150 trained officials and support staff in the Bronx to facilitate widespread testing for Legionella bacteria in water tower cooling systems.
The officials are led by the State Department of Health, and testing is being done in close coordination with the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
A number of state agencies are participating in the the effort, including the Department of Health, Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of State, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, New York State Police and State Park Police.
“Today we’re putting boots on the ground to safeguard the public health and bolster the confidence of a hard-hit community,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have one simple message for the people of the Bronx: we are here to help.”
The Governor’s deployment of these testing teams follows his announcement on Thursday that the state is offering free Legionella testing to building owners, operators, managers and landlords of buildings with cooling towers or evaporative condenser units that can be sources of the bacteria.