Symphony of Orchard Valley releases COVID-19 statistics showing 113 COVID infections and 17 deaths. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19
On May 15, 2020, Symphony of Orchard Valley, located in Aurora, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statics confirm that 113 infections and 17 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Symphony of Orchard Valley has posted their own response to how they are combating the COVID-19 pandemic. The post includes information for patients, families and guardians, and employees. The facility has implemented new cleaning and treatment measures and have provided electronic forms of communication to promote their new E-visitation program. All staff members are required to wear personal protective equipment as well. The Symphony Care Network has also appointed an infectious disease control expert to help lead their COVID-19 crisis team.
In Quarter 1 of 2018 (January-March), a survey conducted on December 14, 2017, found Symphony of Orchard Valley to have committed a Type B violation. The violation included sections 300.610a), 300.1210a), 300.1210b)5), 300.1210d)6) and 300.3240a) of the code. This violation resulted in a fine of $2,200.
Based upon interview and a record review, Symphony of Orchard Valley failed to properly monitor a high fall risk resident while they showered. Subsequently, this resident fell out of their shower chair and fractured their right femur.
On September 25, 2019, the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted its yearly recertification review of Symphony of Orchard Valley. In this report the facility was cited for multiple failures. The violations included; failure to provide perineal care to a resident, failure to ensure a medication was safe for self-administration by a resident, failure to have fall preventions in place for an at risk resident, failure to date and label resident medication, failure to properly serve food to residents, and failure to properly maintain the sanitation level of the sanitation bucket.
Policies and procedures regarding sanitation is one of the highest priorities currently for long-term care facilities in order to mitigate the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths. As sanitation violations have the chance to affect all residents, they can result in a higher increase of cases at the nursing home. Symphony of Orchard Valley issued a plan of correction for the violations in the report. Specifically, in regard to the failure to properly maintain the sanitation level of the sanitation bucket, the facility has offered glove use and hand washing training for not only the staff members that committed the violation, but all staff members. Further, Symphony of Orchard Valley will now be conducting weekly infection control audits.
Founding partner Steven M. Levin described these outbreaks in many Illinois Nursing Homes: “for many years prior to this outbreak, Symphony of Orchard Valley operated with insufficient staff and with a lack of adherence to recognized infection control protocols. It is not surprising that they were ill equipped to handle this outbreak.”
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As COVID-19 continues to spread, it has also magnified systemic breakdowns within Illinois’ long-term care facilities, nursing homes, or assisted living centers. After this latest release of reported data by IDPH, more than half of the COVID-19-related fatalities in Illinois have now occurred at these facilities.