The Covid-19 outbreak has spread to 22 residents and staff members at the home of state-run veterans in northeastern Illinois, a state agency said.
The Illinois Veterans Affairs Department said Wednesday that 16 residents and six staff members at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) south of Chicago, have tested positive for Covid-19 and that most residents have been infected. No symptoms.
However, “small numbers” of residents are showing mild symptoms, the department said.
A resident who was already under hospice care and “completely asymptomatic” died hours later Wednesday morning after testing positive for the virus and taking a booster shot, officials said.
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“All residents who tested positive received at least two doses of the vaccine and 15 are up to date with their booster,” the department said in a statement.
Residents who tested positive are now isolated in the home and are being closely monitored by staff, it said. Communal meals and activities have also been reduced until the outbreak.
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The facility’s COVID-19 outbreak comes nearly a month after criticism was leveled at Governor JB Pritzker’s administration for handling the November 2020 coronavirus outbreak that killed 36 military veterans at the Lassell Veterans Home.
The state audit blamed laziness, poor compliance with existing regulations and other factors in the administration’s response to the outbreak.
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