The cooling tower at Rotary Place in Orillia has been shut down after health unit officials say there are higher than normal levels of legionella bacteria in the tower.
The cooling tower is part of the refrigeration system required to keep the ice surface in good condition. Although it is safe to use the building, in order to maintain the ice the temperature of the building has been lowered. As a result, all programming has been cancelled for the weekend. This includes ice and room bookings, all drop-in programs (including the Seniors At Play) and registered Parks, Recreation and Culture classes.
Nine people have contracted Legionnaire’s Disease in Orillia in recent days. It’s not clear if the cases are connected.
The cooling tower at Rotary Place is being shut down for further cleaning and disinfecting and the SMDHU will conduct another test on Sunday. “We have been working closely with the health unit since the Legionnaire’s disease cluster was identified in Orillia.” says Mayor Steve Clarke, “I want to reiterate the health unit’s message that it is safe for people to continue to use Rotary Place as we carry out further cleaning and disinfecting of the cooling tower.”