Symphony nursing home chain has 5 homes in Chicago among Illinois’ 25 hardest hit by COVID

Five Chicago nursing homes run by Symphony Care Network are among the top 25 in Illinois for coronavirus cases and deaths, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of state data.

The Lincolnwood-based chain — which operates 29 nursing homes in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan — has had 147 coronavirus deaths and 1,016 coronavirus cases involving residents and workers, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“Symphony was tragically unprepared to deal with any kind of communicable disease and even more tragically unprepared to deal with this deadly communicable disease called COVID-19,” says Steven Levin, an attorney who has sued Symphony and other nursing home operators over coronavirus deaths.

But Dr. Alexander Stemer, who leads Symphony’s COVID-19 task force, says dealing with the threat of the coronavirus has been a huge challenge.

“This is a disease that fights back,” says Stemer, who is an infectious diseases expert.

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