Lacey motel reopens following Legionnaires’ disease outbreak

A Lacey motel linked to three cases of Legionnaires’ disease has reopened after following county Public Health and Social Services recommendations to eliminate the disease.

The Super 8 Motel on College Street closed voluntarily July 2 after three people who stayed there contracted the disease. No other cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been reported in Thurston County since, according to Public Health and Social Services.

“We really appreciate the motel’s cooperation with us throughout our investigation, and for working with us to protect public health,” said Dr. Rachel Wood, Thurston County health officer. “They worked quickly to implement the recommendations, and I’m glad to see them reopen.”

Super 8 Motel declined The Olympian’s request for a comment about the outbreak.

The motel underwent water testing and treatment, and will be closely monitored in coming weeks. Motel guests and employees are advised to monitor their health for 10 days after spending time in the motel.

Symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease include fever, tiredness, body aches and headache, cough, chest pain and diarrhea. People who stayed at the motel are not at risk of spreading Legionnaires’ disease to other people. The bacteria are not spread from person to person.

Anyone who has been at the motel recently can call the county’s nurse line at 360-867-2672 during regular business hours. General information about Legionnaires’ disease and the outbreak can be found at the county health department’s website at co.thurston.wa.us/health or by calling the Public Health and Social Services public information line at 360-709-3080.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445