Brenda Petty called Alden Estates of Naperville two weeks ago to check on her mother. The nursing home said it had a couple of coronavirus cases, but her mother was on the other side of the building and was fine. There was nothing to worry about, Petty said she was told.

Within three days Maxine Haynes, 82, was diagnosed with COVID-19 and died.

It wasn’t until after Haynes died April 22 that Petty and her sister Kathy Watson-Evans said they learned from staff at Edward Hospital there were dozens of cases of COVID-19 at Alden Estates of Naperville. Families of residents at the nursing home say communication has been lacking while the number of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 59. The eight deaths at the facility are more than any nursing home in Naperville, according to state data.

“That’s a lot for them to not be telling you,” Watson-Evans said. “You think things are fine, and next thing you know, your person is dead.”

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