* From the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs…
December 1, 2020
To residents, families or responsible parties, and staff of the Illinois Veterans Home at LaSalle:
We continue to be committed to communicating with you in a responsible and transparent manner about COVID-19 (coronavirus). Since our last COVID-19 update there has been one (1) additional case at our home. Also, after finding an error in my previous daily calculations, our overall numbers have been corrected. Since the beginning of the crisis we have had a total of 108 positive residents and 97 positive employees. To date, 35 residents and 76 staff have recovered from the virus. Unfortunately, we have lost an additional one (1) Veteran bringing the total number of Veterans with COVID-19 who have passed away to twenty-nine (29). We are following the latest medical guidance and are working with state, federal and local health officials to ensure the continued care for all of our residents and testing and protection of anyone potentially exposed.
As always, our top priority is the health and safety of our Veteran heroes and the devoted staff who care for them. Throughout this pandemic we have been following recommendations from state and local health officials to safeguard everyone at the facility and despite the outbreak we continue to do health screenings of staff and residents, maintain social distancing practices, wear face coverings, use gloves and gowns when indicated, and perform thorough cleaning and disinfection. We are grateful to our team for remaining highly vigilant for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and for responding swiftly, appropriately, and professionally to any potential cases.
We understand this news can be distressing, which is why we encourage you to contact your loved ones for mutual support of one another. If your loved one has been affected by the virus, we want to offer you the opportunity to visit in person. Please understand this is a risk to your health and safety and though we will provide all the appropriate PPE, we cannot guarantee you will not contract the virus.
“Distressing.” How about terrifying?
Before the outbreak, the home had 121 residents and 230 employees.
* Pritzker’s campaign reaction after a common stomach bug outbreak happened in Quincy…
Yeah, maybe we need the same sort of energy put into addressing a problem that has killed a quarter of the LaSalle home’s residents.