TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes has announced that no legionella bacteria was found in preliminary testing performed on water samples taken from the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse Annex today. The tests were issued by Hughes following an emergency closure yesterday ordered by the County Executive after reports that an independent title searcher who works out of the office of the County Clerk had been diagnosed with a presumptive case of legionellosis.
"We did not find evidence of legionellosis, but we proactively have decided to clean and sanitize the air handlers, coils and ducts as a preventative measure," Hughes said. "The evacuation of the Criminal Courthouse and Annex was in fact completely proactive, since the bacteria for which we were testing was not found."
Hughes has ordered additional water- and air-quality tests to be performed at the Criminal Courthouse and Annex, and samples will be collected and tested over the weekend. Contractors will immediately clean and sanitize the facility's HVAC systems to ensure the safety of workers in the building. The County aims to reopen the Courthouse and Annex Monday morning, where personnel from the Mercer County Department of Human Services and Trenton Department of Health will be on hand to answer workers' questions.
In addition, the County is developing a preventative maintenance plan to continuously monitor for potential deficiencies in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.