Nursing Home in Joliet Likely Responsible for 23 COVID-19 Deaths
JOLIET, Ill. — Joliet, Illinois, has suffered its share of COVID-19-related deaths, especially at one nursing home in particular. According to a report from News Radio WBBM, 23 people in a nursing home died from COVID-19. The nursing home that suffered the unimaginable tragedy, known as Symphony of Joliet, reported that 22 residents and one staff member died from the coronavirus. The Symphony of Joliet nursing home is one of 26 nursing homes run by the same company in Illinois and Indiana. It is also reported that Joliet’s mayor had asked the state’s Department of Public Health to investigate the reason why a large number of residents became infected and died. *
The Symphony of Joliet nursing home has 200 beds. Still, the administration said that the home is not running at full capacity. The nursing home's administration stated that about 165 people resided there before coronavirus contaminated the home. The staff said that 37 people have moved to another facility who had negative tests for COVID-19. The administration also said that 16 current residents have the coronavirus, and all others have since been transferred to other Symphony facilities.
Although ten residents at another Chicagoland nursing home died from COVID-19, the Symphony of Joliet is under scrutiny for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Joliet’s mayor demands answers, not only for himself, but on behalf of the families who lost a loved one to the virus while residing in the Symphony home.
The Executive Director of the Will County Health Department said she received numerous complaints from relatives of whose family members live in Symphony.
The Symphony of Joliet is not the only nursing home to encounter COVID-19 contamination. Thirty-three residents living in five different nursing homes in Joliet have tested positive for COVID-19.
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