The Cuyahoga County Board of Health is investigating six cases of legionella within the St. Columbkille Parish community in Parma.
Legionella is a bacteria found in air conditioning and central heating systems that causes legionnaires’ disease.
A note was sent out to parishioners alerting them that the air conditioning would be shut off as a precaution.
“The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has notified St. Columbkille Church in Parma of six potential cases of Legionnaires Disease reported by people in the surrounding community who are also parishioners of St. Columbkille Parish. Inspectors from the Board of Health have visited the church multiple times over the last few days and have found no potential cause for the illnesses. However, out of an abundance of caution, church air conditioning units will not be in use this weekend following the recommendation of the Board of Health and pending the results of further testing. St. Columbkille is committed to ensuring the safety of its parishioners and all who may visit. “
The Board of Health is conducting environmental testing at the Church. The results may take up to 10 days.
This is a developing story.