Cass County Reports Increased COVID-19 Risk Sparked by Outbreak at Unnamed Nursing Home
COVID-19 continues to plague Illinois long-term care facilities, including nursing homes. And as Illinois approaches Phase 4 of its reopening measures, Cass County, located in central Illinois, is the only county reporting a significant increase in COVID-19 risks to residents. The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) has been monitoring several indicators that measure the health burden of COVID-19 in each county. For the reporting period of June 14 through June 20, Cass County’s case rate was 191 per 100,000, well above the 50 per 100,000 preferred target. An estimated 20 new cases have been linked to a long-term care facility, as confirmed by IDPH.
The new cases include:
- two women in their 20s
- two men in their 30s
- a man and four women in their 70s
- two men and four women in their 80s
- two men and a woman in their 90s
- a woman in her 100s
So far, there have been 120 COVID-19 cases reported in Cass County. Seventy-five people have recovered from the virus, and one person is hospitalized. While Cass County health officials have not identified the facility that is home to the coronavirus outbreak, our nursing home negligence attorneys and team will plan to follow this story carefully as we have others with confirmed outbreaks.
Tracking COVID Fears in Illinois Nursing Homes
There is no doubt that the novel coronavirus will continue to spread among Illinois’ long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living centers. According to IDPH thousands of cases of COVID-19 are being traced to skilled nursing facilities in Illinois each week, proving that nursing homes still aren’t doing enough to prevent the spread of the infectious disease. It is time for families and care workers to act.
To continue our work, Levin & Perconti attorneys are asking anyone who has information about the outbreak of COVID-19 in an Illinois long-term care facility, to SPEAK UP for our most vulnerable citizens. This includes nursing home residents and their family members, and nursing home employees with whistleblower complaints. We want to know if there are unsafe working environments, such as understaffed departments and those with a lack of personal protection equipment.
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At Levin & Perconti, we have the experience and resources to investigate claims and are currently standing up to violators who choose not to protect residents and staff from harm. If you are considering a legal case against an Illinois nursing home related to COVID-19 or want to share your story to help others, fill out the Tell Us Your Story Form.
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