Grand Manor did not respond to a request for comment. The home’s owner, Mahklouf “Mark” Suissa, of Chicago, did not respond to a request for comment.
Grand Manor employees say dozens of residents at the home have tested positive for COVID-19, Jones said. Another Suissa-owned facility, Northview Village, 2415 North Kingshighway, is also battling COVID-19 but has refused the union’s call for paid sick leave and hazard pay, Jones said.
Though the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed in response to the pandemic, provides some employees up to 10 paid sick days and up to 10 weeks of paid medical leave, the act allows health care providers to exempt themselves, Jones said. But providing paid sick leave to employees who are forced to quarantine is key to protect both nursing home residents and other workers, he said.
Whitfield worked at Grand Manor for more than a decade and enjoyed the work, her daughter said. Outside of work, she loved to host family barbecues and the annual family reunion, and loved to take pictures with her relatives and friends, she said.
“You think you have enough memories with a person, you think you have enough pictures, and then you don’t,” Jasmine Whitfield said.
She believes her mother, after becoming infected at Grand Manor, also infected her grandmother, who fell ill around the same time and tested positive at St. Louis University Hospital on April 18 On Monday, she remained at the hospital on a ventilator, Jasmine Whitfield said.