GENEVA, IL — Bria of Geneva is facing half a dozen lawsuits alleging residents died from the coronavirus after the senior living facility ignored public health guidelines and regulations.
The families of six residents — Helen Osuchas, Lucille James, Rose Doneske, Jack DeFrancesco, Marion Heotis and Carol Orlando — have each sued Bria Health Services for more than $50,000, according to a report by the Daily Herald.
The Bria of Geneva facility at 1101 E. State St. is the site of the deadliest coronavirus outbreak in Kane County, public health data shows. As of Friday, the 91-resident facility reported 132 cases of the coronavirus among staff and residents and 27 deaths, according to statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
A lawsuit filed by the Levin & Perconti firm on behalf of Orlando’s family alleges Bria of Geneva employees continued to work without proper protective gear for several weeks after federal officials issued guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in nursing homes.
Bria staff members told Orlando’s family she had a fever and shallow breathing as she suffered from coronavirus-like symptoms in early April, but the facility did not begin testing patients until April 24, the day before Orlando died, the suit states.
“We were told she did not have COVID-19, but she had not even been tested,” Orlando’s daughter Faith Heimbrodt said in a news release.
The six lawsuits are set to be heard in court in August, the Daily Herald reports.
Bria Health Services representatives did not immediately respond Wednesday to Patch's request for comment on the lawsuits.