Bria of Geneva Nursing Home Assembles COVID-19 Task Force after Being Hit by Six Coronavirus Death Lawsuits

A nursing home in Geneva, IL, that is facing six lawsuits from the families of residents who died after contracting the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has announced the formation of a task force made up of infection disease experts to implement the most effective procedures to counteract the spread of the virus.

According to the press release from Bria Health Services, the task force will meet on a regular basis to identify best practices for infectious disease management to implement in Bria’s 10-facility network across Illinois and Wisconsin. The administrators blamed a lack of federal government leadership for the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in their facilities. 

“We enlisted some of the most well-respected experts in infection controls and aging to guide the company as we move into the next phase of the pandemic,” said Bria Health Services CEO Daniel Weiss. “It remains clear the federal government simply isn’t going to step up so it’s incumbent on us as caregivers for some of the most vulnerable to COVID-19 to do everything we can to stay apprised of the most advanced techniques for keeping our patients safe.” 

Bria Health Services of Geneva, at 1101 E. State St., was the hardest hit nursing home in Kane County with 124 positive cases and 29 deaths among residents and staffers, according to state health department data. The eight other Bria facilities in Illinois have a combined total of 614 cases and 58 deaths. 

The Geneva facility is currently facing lawsuits from the families of Carol Orlando, Helen Osuchas, Jack DeFrancesco, Marion Heotis, and Rose Doneske. All of the lawsuits accuse the facility of negligently ignoring public health guidelines and regulations, which resulted in the deaths of its residents.

Nursing facilities like Bria Health Services must have an infection prevention and control plan in place in case of a disease outbreak. Facilities that don’t have one may be liable for any resulting health complications or deaths

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