First Illinois Nursing Home to Report Coronavirus Outbreak is in DuPage County
Officials from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reporting at least 46 people, including both residents and staff, have tested positive for coronavirus at a DuPage county nursing home. This is the first coronavirus outbreak in a long-term care facility in the state. Chicago’s WGN9 reported the first confirmed test of a Willowbrook resident over the weekend by state health officials. Only days later, the virus moved quickly to others at the Chateau Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in the 7000 block of South Madison Street in Willowbrook. Thirty-three of the cases are residents, and 13 are staff members. Public health officials said other residents are now isolated in another area of the facility as officials expect additional positive tests to come back. Willowbrook is a southwestern suburb of Chicago.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent out a new set of rules for nursing home facilities on Friday, March 13. The strict guidance says that all visitors and non-essential health care personnel should be restricted, except for certain compassionate care situations, such as an end-of-life situation. In addition, long-term care staff should start being screened for symptoms before starting their shift.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that visitors and healthcare personnel are the most likely sources of introduction of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus strain, into a long-term care facility. In a new report by the CDC, published on March 9, the agency went on to say, “Limitations in effective infection control and prevention and staff members working in multiple facilities” can contribute to an outbreak.
17 Counties in Illinois With Confirmed COVID-19 Cases
As of Wednesday, March 18, authorities revealed Illinois had 128 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of those infected to 288 across 17 counties.
Nursing homes with residents suspected of having COVID-19 infection should contact their local health department. All nursing homes should be fully staffed.
To be sure of all new long-term care and nursing home updates from CMS, review the Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes (REVISED) memorandum in its entirety released by CMS on March 13.
Illinois Nursing Home Negligence Related to Coronavirus
If a loved one has sustained a serious infectious disease complication resulting from neglect or missed medical treatments provided by a nursing home or the intentional understaffing of its workforce, we can help. Please reach out to Levin & Perconti, a Chicago-based law firm ready to provide you with a free nursing home negligence consultation at (312) 332-2872.