The historic Sheraton San Marcos Resort in downtown Chandler remains closed pending a clean bill of health and the installation of equipment after the discovery of a bacteria that could cause Legionnaires’ disease.
The resort closed Aug. 26 when a boiler in the east wing tested positive for Legionella pneumophila bacteria, said spokesman Gary Stougaard of Sunstone Hotel Properties, which manages the resort. A test for the bacteria was conducted after an elderly man who lives out of state claimed he contracted the disease when he stayed at the resort six months ago.
Legionnaires’ causes flulike symptoms, and in some cases can be fatal.
Maricopa County Department of P ublic Health spokeswoman Janeen Fowler said the hotel followed cleanup procedures prescribed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Stougaard said the bacteria cleanup is complete, but the hotel is awaiting test results to ensure the boiler and water system are clean before reopening.
"It takes a couple of days for the test results to come back," Stougaard said. "We are replacing some equipment and want to make sure that things are in as good of condition as they can be and that everything is bacteriafree. Once all of the equipment has been installed and everyone is happy with the results of the tests, we’ll reopen. Our first goal is make sure our employees and hotel guests are safe."
Doug Hauth, spokesman for the Department of Public Health, said no other cases of Legionnaires’ disease have been linked to the San Marcos.
Stougaard would not comment on how much the closure has cost the San Marcos, but said the setback was softened somewhat because it was a slow time of year for Arizona hotels.