Woman identified as patient who passed away from Legionnaires’ outbreak at Mount Carmel Grove City


Seventy-five-year-old Deanna Rezes died this past Sunday after being diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease at Mount Carmel Grove City.

Rezes was first admitted to the hospital on May 18 for pulmonary hypertension, a type of high blood pressure.

Two days later, she was out. But on May 25, she started to experience some flu-like symptoms.

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She was taken back to the hospital three days after that. She never made it back home.

The total number of Legionnaires’ cases stemming from Mount Carmel Grove City is up to fourteen as of Thursday.

The disease is much like pneumonia and is spread through bacteria in water.

The hospital has been taking a number of steps to find the source and flush the water system.

Thursday afternoon, the hospital announced water restrictions on floors two through seven have been lifted.

A spokesperson with the Franklin County Department of Health said she would not be surprised if there are more cases from here because it can take two to ten days for the symptoms to show after exposure.