GENEVA, IL — A vast majority of residents and workers at Bria of Geneva have the coronavirus, and one fifth of the facility's residents have died, according to data provided by Bria of Geneva officials. Seventy-five of Bria of Geneva’s 90 residents have the virus and 18 have died from related conditions, the data shows. Eighty percent of the facility’s 45 staff members have also tested positive for the virus.
Over the past week, cases at the rehabilitation and senior living facility have doubled from 55 to 113, making it the site of the largest outbreak of any long-term-care facility in Kane County, according to IDPH data. State health officials reported 55 cases and 1 death at the facility, as of April 27.
Bria of Geneva has the third-most deaths of any long-term-care facility in Illinois and ranks fifth in the state for the number of cases, IDPH data shows.
Bria of Geneva Medical Director Phil Branshaw told reporters on a conference call that the high number of confirmed cases at the facility is due in part to widespread testing conducted soon after the facility's first resident tested positive on April 17. More than a dozen residents were showing symptoms a week later, the Aurora Beacon-News reports.
“It was basically like a bomb went off in the place,” Branshaw said.
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After receiving testing kits from the Kane County Health Department and Northwestern Medicine health system, the facility tested 90-95 percent of its residents and separated those who tested positive from those who did not, the report states.
Bria of Geneva is one of 15 facilities operated by Bria Health Services, based in Skokie. Bria Health Services also operates facilities in Belleville, Burnham, Cahokia, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Palos Hills, Waukegan and Westmont, as well as Milwaukee.