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10 People Die At South Shore Nursing Home Where 70% Of Residents Have Coronavirus

Eleven Symphony of South Shore workers have also tested positive for the virus, officials said.

The Symphony Care Network's South Shore facility, 2425 E. 71st St.
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SOUTH SHORE — Ten residents have died from coronavirus at Symphony of South Shore, where 70 percent of the nursing home’s residents have tested positive for the virus, officials announced Wednesday.

Eleven staff members and 111 residents have tested positive for the virus at the facility, 2425 E. 71st St., while 27 residents have been hospitalized. About 158 people live at the nursing home, according to Symphony spokesperson Natalie Bauer Luce.

The facility has increased the number of University of Chicago doctors on hand, and doctors are now working at the senior center seven days a week, said Stacie Levine, chief of geriatrics and palliative care with University of Chicago Medicine and adviser to the nursing home.

“The more you test, the more positives you are going to find, which allows us to isolate COVID negative patients from positives in order to control the transmission rates,” Levin said in a statement.

Before the spread of the virus, the company suspended outside visits to Symphony facilities and isolated COVID-19 patients in separate units, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

The facility was named one of University of Chicago’s testing partners last week, when it was announced the university’s South Side testing would expand to 1,000 symptomatic people per day.

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