Bria of Geneva Nursing Home Receives On-Site Rapid Coronavirus Testing System
The management of a nursing home in Geneva, IL, that is facing six lawsuits for its handling of the deaths of residents who caught the coronavirus (COVID-19) is reportedly implementing rapid COVID-19 testing systems.
According to the news release, Bria of Geneva and nine other facilities owned by Bria Health Services have acquired testing systems that will allow them to quickly test and confirm cases of COVID-19 among residents and staff. Bria Health Services also announced the formation of a COVID-19 task force that will implement a testing strategy to control transmission of the virus in all of its facilities. The task force will conduct baseline testing and provide ongoing surveillance testing for residents and staffers in facilities that currently don’t have any cases.
Bria of Geneva, at 1101 E. State Street, is the site of one of the most severe COVID-19 outbreaks in Illinois, with 26 fatalities and 135 confirmed cases as of July 31, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The families of six deceased residents—Carol Orlando, Helen Osuchas, Marion Heotis, Jack DeFrancesco, and Rose Doneske—have each filed a lawsuit against Bria of Geneva claiming the facility negligently ignored public health guidelines and regulations in its response to the outbreak. All of the lawsuits claim the facility didn’t confirm its first COVID-19 case until late April, even though several of its residents had allegedly started to show symptoms as early as March. The lawsuits are seeking more than $50,000 in damages and are scheduled to be heard in court some time this month, sources indicate.
Nursing facilities like Bria of Geneva must have an infection control and prevention plan in place in case of a disease outbreak. Facilities that don’t take state-recommended steps to protect residents may be held liable for any resulting health complications or deaths.
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