State Dept. of Public Health investigating nursing home scare

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CHICAGO – The State Department of Public Health is investigating a North Side rehab center.

Five people were rushed to hospitals on Saturday, where their conditions were stabilized.

Fire officials and a spokesperson for the facility says the cause of the illnesses is unknown at this point.

Around 3:45 p.m., paramedics responded to the Continental Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, in the 5300 block of North Western Ave.

One patient who was feeling ill was transported to the hospital.

Then, the nursing home called the fire department back and 4 more people were taken to hospitals.

The patients are all adults in their 40s and 50s.

They received Advanced Life Support Level of care, including I.V. fluids.

A spokesperson for the facility says right now they are investigating and checking to make sure the other residents are ok.

All of the patients who fell ill on Saturday were on one floor.

About 170 people are being treated here for a variety of issues including: respite and hospice care also substance abuse.

CFD checked carbon monoxide levels, which were normal.

The five patients were stabilized at Swedish Covenant Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Evanston.

The city and state health departments are now investigating.