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State acknowledges COVID outbreak at Quincy Vets Home

State acknowledges COVID outbreak at Quincy Vets Home

1 month ago by Scott Hardy

IDVA says 16 residents have tested positive this month, two are hospitalized

The state of Illinois has acknowledged that more residents at the Illinois Veterans' Home in Quincy have tested positive for COVID-19, that the Vets Home is in outbreak status and that two residents are hospitalized. 

The Illinois Departments of Public Health and Veterans' Affairs Tuesday said that more vets and staff are testing positive for the virus. In a statement, Veterans' Affairs says that 16 residents and 10 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since July 1st. They add that most of the positive residents have mild symptoms, but that in the past several days, four vets were taken to the Blessing ER. Veterans Affairs says that two vets remain hospitalized for conditions unrelated to the virus. The Department also says that all the residents who tested positive have been moved to the negative pressure isolation unit, and are being closely monitored.

They add that all positive residents have received at least two doses of the vaccine, and 11 of the 16 veterans are up to date with their boosters. Veterans' Affairs says that staff from IDPH and the Department’s Infection Control Specialist have been on site, working with employees to ensure compliance with infection control rules, COVID testing, and care.

They add that communal dining and activities have been curtailed in the affected areas until the outbreak ends. Some social distancing practices have gone into effect, and while visitation is allowed to continue, per CDC guidelines, families have been told that the Vets Home is in outbreak status and that rescheduling visits should be considered.

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