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 people who lived there and one staff member died from the novel coronavirus. The Symphony of Joliet nursing home is one of 26 nursing homes run by the same company in Illinois and Indiana. WBBM 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 administration said that about 165 people resided there before the novel 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 sixteen 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 infection 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. According to reports, staff at Symphony are not answering questions about residents, nor is the staff returning phone calls. The utter lack of communication is frustrating to many people concerned about their loved ones.
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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