BURR RIDGE, IL — Four coronavirus cases have been reported in Burr Ridge, three of them at the Brookdale nursing home. The mayor, who until Thursday declined to publicly acknowledge any local cases, revealed the latest instances.
In his daily bulletin late Thursday afternoon, Mayor Gary Grasso said he had learned earlier in the day of what he called the first positive case of coronavirus in Burr Ridge. He said the resident had been quarantined at home and is showing good health.
Last week, Brookdale Senior Living in Burr Ridge sent a letter to residents and their families that one of its residents who had gone to the hospital five days earlier had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Shortly after, the mayor had informed the village board of the development in a confidential email. After a trustee released it to Patch, Grasso told Patch he didn't consider that case local because the person may have been infected at the unidentified hospital. The person, he said, was taken to the hospital for reasons other than the virus.
But in Thursday's bulletin, Grasso said Brookdale officials informed him that morning that three "former and current" residents have tested positive so far, including the one Patch had previously written about.
"One of the other two Brookdale residents that tested positive was taken to an area hospital with underlying health issues and has since passed away," Grasso said in the bulletin. "The third resident remains at Brookdale and has been quarantined since the test result was known."
Grasso said he had been assured by Brookdale that it is complying with all Health Department protocols. It is exceeding the protocols by taking temperatures of the resident population three times daily and before and mid-shift of each staff caregiver, he said. The nursing home has had a no-visitor policy since March 11, he said.
Trustee Zach Mottl, who released the confidential email, criticized Grasso earlier this week for keeping the Brookdale information confidential.
"The board is not getting any timely or truthful updates from Grasso, despite what he told Patch," Mottl said. "Rather than spreading lies and false hope, the mayor needed to underscore why we must take this seriously and be vigilant to protect ourselves and to limit the spread. The lies and cover-up by Grasso and village staff is very disturbing. It's a violation of the public trust."
Grasso defeated Mottl in last April's mayoral election. They have disagreed over a number of issues.
Just outside Burr Ridge's boundaries is the Chateau nursing home in Willowbrook, where 46 cases of coronavirus and one death have been reported. Brookdale is less than three-quarters of a mile from Chateau.
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