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An outbreak of COVID-19 at a state-run veterans’ home in northeastern Illinois has spread to 22 residents and staff members, a state agency said.
The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday that 16 residents and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno, about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) south of Chicago, and the majority of residents have shown no symptoms.
However, a “small number” of residents are showing mild symptoms, the department said.
A resident who had already been in hospice care “and completely asymptomatic” died Wednesday morning, hours after testing positive for the virus and receiving a booster shot, officials said.
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“All residents who have tested positive have received at least two doses of the vaccine and 15 are up to date on their boosters,” the department said in a statement.
Residents who have tested positive are now isolated at home and closely monitored by staff, he said. Community meals and activities have also been reduced until the outbreak is over.
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The facility’s COVID-19 outbreak comes about a month after Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration was criticized by the state auditor general for its handling of the November 2020 coronavirus outbreak that killed 36 military veterans in the LaSalle Veterans Home.
A state audit blamed slowness, poor enforcement of existing rules and other factors on the administration’s response to that outbreak.
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