Nursing home pix

A view to the southeast of the Symphony South Shore Rehabilitation and Long-Term Facility, 2425 E. 71st. St., from South Exchange Avenue.

More than 70% of patients at Symphony South Shore nursing home, 111 out of 158, have preliminarily tested positive for the coronavirus after the parent network of nursing homes and the University of Chicago tested every patient and employee for the disease.

"Collaborating with UChicago Medicine is critical, and our patients could not be in better hands. On behalf of our patients, we especially thank Dr. Emily Landon and the rest of the team at UChicago Medicine for their expertise and assistance," said Symphony Care Network CEO David Hartman in a statement, referring to the U. of C. Medical Center's lead epidemiologist.

On Monday, Symphony announced the appointment of Alexander Stemer, an infectious disease and internal medicine specialist, to lead a system-wide COVID-19 response team of medical directors and infectious disease experts with Stacie Levine, the U. of C.'s geriatrics and palliative care section chief.

The task force will identify strategies to counteract the spread of the coronavirus, and Stemer will update local and state officials, employees and patient families on Symphony's COVID-19 response.

The coronavirus has hit the Symphony Care Network hard. Symphony of Joliet had 81 cases and 21 deaths as of Sunday; data from the Illinois Department of Public Health indicated there have been 20 cases and 5 deaths at Symphony of Bronzeville, 3400 S. Indiana Ave.

The IDPH data shows the coronavirus is present in Hyde Park-Kenwood nursing homes. There have been a dozen confirmed cases and two deaths at Estates of Hyde Park, 4505 S. Drexel Blvd. Last week, Montgomery Place, 5550 S. Shore Drive, confirmed six cases.

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