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Patient at Joliet nursing home dies, Will County sees 33 more coronavirus cases

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The fourth person to die from coronavirus in Will County was a woman in her 90s who was a patient at Symphony Joliet nursing home.

She died Friday morning at a hospital where the diagnosis of COVID-19 was made, a spokeswoman for Symphony Care Network said.

Symphony did not provide details about the patient. The Will County Health Department only identified the one person reported Friday to have died from coronavirus as a female in her 90s.

The death marked the third consecutive day that someone has died from the coronavirus in Will County.

Also, Friday marked the biggest one-day increase in coronavirus cases in Will County as 33 more cases were reported, bringing the total to 110.

Statewide, the number of deaths increased by eight to 34. An additional 488 coronavirus cases in Illinois brought the total to 3,026.

Symphony Care Network would not comment on whether there were any more coronavirus cases among patients or employees at the Joliet nursing home, which is located at 306 N. Larkin Ave.

Symphony was contacting patients and families directly before commenting publicly about conditions in the nursing home, said Lauryn Allison, director of communications for Symphony Care Network.

The nursing home did provide general information about measures being taken in a news release that also put out a call for donations of personal protection equipment for staff.

"Clinical and leadership teams are focusing all efforts to stop the spread of this disease within the center, and will continue to update guests, families, and the community surrounding Symphony Joliet as more becomes known," Symphony said in the release.

"Symphony Joliet and Symphony Care Network clinical and leadership personnel remain in close communication with federal, state and local health officials to ensure all necessary precautions and guidelines are followed, and will continue to adhere to health and safety regulations and medical crisis preparedness plans," Symphony said in the release.

The nursing home is not allowing entry by family or "non-essential personnel" until visitors are "free from the risk of additional exposure to coronavirus," according to the release.

Symphony encouraged families to use telephone calls, texts, social media messages and video conferencing to stay in touch with patients at the nursing home.

The nursing home also put of a call for donations of personal protection equipment in accordance with Centers for Disease Control recommendations, including sterile, unopened packages of NIOS-certified face masks and gloves.

"The organization urges the Joliet community to consider donating surplus equipment to those fighting on the front lines of this pandemic," according to the release.

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