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Levin & Perconti Represents Families Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak at Illinois Veterans’ Home

The recent COVID-19 outbreak at the state-run veterans’ home in LaSalle, several investigations, and the subsequent firing of the home’s administrator, has triggered legal action directed at Illinois officials by the families of at least five dead residents. Levin & Perconti will represent the families, several of whom have described their personal tragedies with tremendous anger and frustration and overwhelming sadness, grief, and sorrow.

In an interview with Chicago’s ABC7 I-Team on December 22, Mike Bonamarte expressed tremendous and urgent concern of the situation, saying that “something happened” to trigger the November COVID-19 outbreak at the facility and that the virus was able to spread “inexcusably” inside beginning in late October, infecting more than 200 residents and staff members. Inadequate safety procedures, staff and leadership negligence, lack of personal protection equipment, and ineffective use of infection control resources likely contributed to the outbreak. Up until then, only one resident and five staff members at the home tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

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State Data Shows Illinois Nursing Home Residents Are Dying at Most Alarming Rate Yet

In the most recent data released by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) officials, the state’s nursing-home residents are contracting COVID-19 and dying from it at their highest reported rates yet. Over the past week (December 11-18), public health regulators have recorded 605 deaths among residents of long-term care facilities, assisted-living centers, state-funded veterans’ homes, and other nursing home care sites. The previous highest mortality (and record-setting) death rate was for the first week in December when IDPH logged 480 fatalities among residents within the same groups of facilities.

The new data brings the COVID-19 death toll for Illinois nursing-home residents since the pandemic began in March to a staggering 7,559 or just over 50% of total Illinois fatalities due to the coronavirus, according to a Levin & Perconti nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer analysis of IDPH data.

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Symphony of Lincoln Park releases COVID-19 statistics showing 170 COVID infections and 22 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On June 4, 2020, Symphony of Lincoln Park, located in Chicago, Illinois, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 170 infections and 22 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Mosaic of Lakeshore releases COVID-19 statistics showing 105 COVID infections and 19 deaths.  Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19

On May 15, 2020, Mosaic of Lakeshore, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases.  These statics confirm that 105 infections and 19 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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James Zbonski Was One of 15 To Die at Facility With Multiple Past Infection Control Issues

CHICAGO, June 3, 2020 – Representatives of James Zbonski filed suit today against the Bridgeview Health Care Center following the 84-year-old man’s tragic death from COVID-19.

Family of Westchester Nursing Home COVID-19 Victim Files Suit
Rita Saunders Is One of 12 Dead at Facility With History of Neglect

CHICAGO, June 2, 2020 – Attorneys today filed suit on behalf of the family of 64-year-old Rita Saunders, who died in March following exposure to the novel coronavirus at the Westchester Health and Rehabilitation Center.

The Westchester center was the site of an early and sustained outbreak, with 47 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported at the 120-bed facility, including 12 deaths.

IDPH Confirms COVID-19 Outbreaks at Two Will County Long-Term Care Facilities
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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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