County 'Closes' Outbreak At Shady Oaks In Homer Glen

Andrea Earnest

HOMER GLEN, IL — The Will County Health Department has "closed" the outbreak at Shady Oaks in Homer Glen. Shady Oaks, 16240 S. Parker Road, provides intermediate care for adults with intellectual or development disabilities and is managed by Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.

There is also a Shady Oaks Camp in Homer Glen, which is not affiliated with this facility.

The health department can close an outbreak when there has been no new cases reported after 28 days. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Shady Oaks had 30 cases of the coronavirus at the facility and three related deaths.

IDPH is now sharing the case numbers of residents and staff of long-term care facilities. The data is reported starting from the beginning of the coronavirus response on Jan. 24. Numbers are current as of May 15.

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The cases included in the data include lab confirmed cases and cases meeting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outbreak case definition. Facilities report the data to local health departments, who then report to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Patch has attempted to reach out to the facility, and has received no response.

According to the facility's website, there are two intermediate care buildings on campus, and each building houses up to 16 residents. It is unknown how many resident cases or employee cases consist of the total amount of cases.

In Will County, IDPH is reporting there are 691 cases of coronavirus in long-term care facilities and 116 related deaths. Meadowbrook Manor of Bolingbrook has the highest number of cases in the county, as well as the highest number of coronavirus related deaths in Will County. The facility has 184 cases, and 26 related deaths, according to IDPH.

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This article originally appeared on the Homer Glen-Lockport Patch