Downtown Duluth medical building deemed clean, safe; odor unexplainedThe air inside the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic First Street Building was determined to be clean and safe after two days of testing.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
That “ether gas”-like odor that forced one of Essentia Health’s buildings in downtown Duluth to be closed Tuesday still hasn’t been explained.
But the stink is long gone, and the building will reopen on Friday, Essentia announced in a news release.
The air inside the Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic First Street Building was determined to be clean and safe after two days of testing, the news release said.
Arrowhead Consulting & Testing collected air samples, several of which were sent to a testing lab in New York, the news release said. All of the samples were clean.
Essentia facilities staff examined duct work, air handlers and roof vents and opened several walls to try to find the source of Tuesday’s odor. Nothing emerged, the news release said.
“While we would have liked to pinpoint the cause of Tuesday’s reported odor, we are confident there is no reason for the building to remain closed,” said Mike Metcalf, executive vice president of clinic operations for Essentia’s East Region.
Most of the patients who had appointments in the First Street Building for today were seen in other facilities, the news release said.