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A second resident at the Three Crowns retirement community in northwest Evanston has died after testing positive for the Coronavirus, the facility has reported.

Phil Hemmer, Executive Director at Three Crowns, reported the news in a letter that went out today, April 3, to residents, family members and friends of the 200-member facility located at 2323 McDaniel Ave.

“With a heavy heart, I share news that a second Three Crowns Park resident has died. The Independent Living resident was hospitalized for pre-existing conditions, tested Covid-19 positive at the hospital and passed away,” Mr. Hemmer said.

“My staff and I are working closely with the Illinois and Evanston Health Departments to ensure that our infection control protocols will limit the spread of this virus,” he said. “We are utilizing all the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) we can secure to keep our community safe. We are in contact with our local elected officials and have requested additional PPE resources beyond what our vendors can deliver.

“To reduce the spread, Three Crowns Park residents are asked to continue to stay in their homes and follow CDC guidelines: wash hands with soap for 20 seconds; avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose; and cough or sneeze into a tissue or into a bent elbow.”

Three Crowns had gone nearly two weeks since two residents tested positive in mid-March, giving officials there the hope that the stringent protections put in place were working.

In his April 3 letter, Mr. Hemmer noted “our country is in the midst of a global pandemic as the Covid-19 virus spreads. Worldwide more than one million people have tested positive. Nearly 58,000 people have died.

“Evanston is now part of this global crisis. As I write, Illinois has 8,904 residents testing positive with 210 deaths.”

Bob Seidenberg

Bob Seidenberg is an award-winning reporter covering issues in Evanston for more than 30 years. He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.