A review of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) weekly report of COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities throughout the state shows two homes in Will County are experiencing an increasing number of novel coronavirus cases. Meadowbrook Manor of Bolingbrook and Symphony of Joliet are the two facilities with the highest jump of cases and reported fatalities in the northeastern area of the state, according to the Will County Health Department and IDPH mapping (as of May 29, 2020).
Bria of Forest Edge releases COVID-19 statistics showing 131 COVID infections and 1 death. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19
On May 15, 20202, Bria of Forest Edge: located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statics confirm that 131 infections and 1 death have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.
On April 16, 2020, Chicago’s very own WGN 9 News reported on the COVID-19 outbreak at Bria of Forest Edge Nursing Home, describing a facility that has been ill-equipped to handle the virus outbreak and an overall failure to protect its residents and staff members. At the time of the article, two employees at the facility had died due to COVID-19, however as the article explains the flow of information from management to the workers on the ground has been non-existent. Lakisha Collins, a CNA at the facility explains she found out about the deaths of her coworkers on the local news and heard nothing from her superiors at the facility regarding these deaths.
Public Health Officials Quickly Reverse New COVID-19 Reporting Method for Nursing Homes After Outcry from Families
On Friday, May 22, officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) introduced a new COVID-19 reporting system in hopes to curb new COVID-19 outbreaks. But the new method was quickly dismissed after backlash was received from long-term care advocates and family members of residents who say they need more consistent information on facilities to decide whether it is safe for their loved ones. The new reporting system was only to involve data on long-term care facilities with at least one new case in the past 28 days versus providing an overall risk measurement for all facilities in Illinois.
IDPH then decided to continue with original reporting methods that include logging all homes with cases on the IDPH website, including those that are not currently experiencing an outbreak. The Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) has a map of the state’s long-term care facilities in Illinois with cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff on its website. The numbers are provisional, and the list is updated weekly to show lab-confirmed cases and cases meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Infection (CDC) outbreak case definition. Visit the IDPH website here and scroll down to locate the county in which the facility you are looking.
10 Questions to Ask Your Loved One Quarantined in a Nursing Home
Many family members remain profoundly concerned about how their loved ones are doing while being confined to their nursing homes, without regular visitors and routine inspections to keep up on safeguards to ensure their care is not failing. While this is not an easy time for anyone and distancing remains the most critical measure when dealing with nursing home residents, there may be small things you can do to ease any anxiety or identify the warning signs that something may not be right. The next time you speak with your family member or friend who is a resident, be sure to ask these questions.
- What do you know about coronavirus or COVID-19?
Town of Cicero Sues City View Multicare Center for Lack of Coronavirus-Related Infection Control Measures
On May 1, the Town of Cicero filed a scathing complaint against City View Multicare Center, LLC, the State of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Governor JB Pritzker, in his official capacity. The complaint came after Cicero officials and essential workers became aware of a “troubling uptick in illness at City View” along with concerning conditions at City View that started nearly two months prior to the pandemic. According to town reports, the complaint timeline for a series of dangerous coronavirus related events impacting the community goes as follows.
Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 101 COVID infections and 9 deaths. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19
On May 15, 2020, Ambassador Nursing & Rehab Center, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statics confirm that 101 infections and 9 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Understanding Why Nursing Homes Were Unprepared For The COVID Crisis
As we know, nursing home residents are part of an extremely vulnerable population to infectious disease, coronavirus included. They reside in relatively tight living quarters and share communal spaces for exercising, visiting with family and friends, daily activities, and meals. Most are also elderly or sick and have underlying conditions that put them at higher risk for contracting an illness or respiratory disease such as COVID-19. Also, the majority of long-term care facilities have proven incredibly unprepared to prevent resident exposure to preventable illnesses and diseases due to understaffing and a lack of safeguards in place to protect residents.
Today, with new guidelines in place that also restrict most visitors from seeing residents, support from family advocates who typically provide a watchdog type view of their loved one’s care has also gone awry. As a result, if a resident passes due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in a nursing home, a family will naturally have questions about what happened, and was the death the facility’s fault?
Some Nursing Homes Are Taking Residents’ Stimulus Checks
The IRS began making stimulus payments on April 15, 2020. And for nursing home or assisted living facility residents on Medicaid, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has had to raise the alarm after several facilities have requested residents to sign checks over to keep their Medicaid benefits going. These facilities have no right to claim residents’ stimulus checks.
FTC’s Elder Justice Coordinator Lois Greisman says that facilities cannot request or take the funds, which are considered tax credits per the CARES Act. Those tax credits don’t count as “resources” for federal benefit programs like Medicaid, so the government cannot claim them, and neither can the nursing homes.
Glenview Terrace Continues Jump in COVID-19 Deaths of Residents
About a third of all COVID-19 deaths in Illinois have now been linked to long-term care facilities, and to make matters worse, cases are also doubling, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). A rehabilitation facility in Glenview is the latest to report more than two dozen COVID-19 deaths. Glenview Terrace is a 314-bed facility, located at 1511 Greenwood Road in Cook County. It has now reached 75 outbreak cases of the novel coronavirus and 25 deaths.
Glenview’s Administrator Allen Hollander told the Chicago Tribune that the people who died had first become sick in late March. Hollander also explained that more than 20 infected staff could have contracted the disease outside of the facility.
Coronavirus Cases Consume Bria of Geneva Nursing Home Marking One of Largest Outbreaks in Illinois
Located in the western suburbs of Chicago, Bria of Geneva nursing home is swiftly picking up cases of COVID-19. So far, two dozen residents are dead, and the novel coronavirus has infected at least 75 in just a few short weeks. Bria of Geneva only has 91 residents and the first resident tested positive on April 17. Thirty-seven of the Kane County home’s 120 workers have also tested positive for the virus.
Like many Illinois nursing homes, up until a few weeks ago, administrators were simply screening residents for symptoms and taking some infectious disease measures such as limiting visitors and isolating symptomatic residents. A request for extensive and broad testing, increasing the use of personal protection equipment, and accurate reporting of cases were still failed coronavirus-related prevention measures. At best, an understaffed workforce was attempting to contain the virus by transferring sick residents to a coronavirus-designated wing at another home.