Coronavirus outbreak at Illinois facility for adults with developmental disabilities kills two residents and infects 50 others
- 38 residents and 14 staff members at the Elisabeth Ludeman Developmental Center in Park Forest have tested positive for COVID-19
- Two of the infected residents, men aged 50 and 67, died in the hospital this week
- All 353 residents at the state-operated facility are now under quarantine
- Park Forest Mayor Jonathan Vanderbilt said the facility is in dire need of personal protective equipment
More than 50 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and two have died at an Illinois facility for adults with developmental disabilities.
Officials in Park Forest declared a local state of emergency after the outbreak was reported at the Elisabeth Ludeman Developmental Center.
Mayor Jonathan Vanderbilt confirmed on Thursday that two residents, men aged 50 and 67, had died this week after being hospitalized with COVID-19.
So far at least 38 residents and 14 staff members have tested positive for the virus at the state-operated facility.
More than 50 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and two have died at the Elisabeth Ludeman Developmental Center (pictured) in Park Forest, Illinois
More than 350 people live at the 60-acre property, which employs about 900 workers.
All residents, many of whom have underlying health issues that make them vulnerable to life-threatening complications from COVID-19, have now been placed in self-quarantine for their own safety, Vanderbilt told WGN.
The mayor said that the facility is in dire need of personal protective equipment such as face masks, surgical gowns and disposable stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs.
In a statement about the outbreak, the Illinois Department of Humans Services said: ‘Ludeman Developmental Center has been treating and isolating individuals who are symptomatic as if they are COVID-19 positive.
‘This past weekend, IDHS received test swabs and have been able to significantly increase our capacity to test residents who are symptomatic and residents who were in close contact with a positive resident.’
All residents at the 60-acre facility, many of whom have underlying health issues that make them vulnerable to life-threatening complications from COVID-19, have now been placed in self-quarantine for their own safety
Ludeman is the second largest state-operated developmental center out of seven in Illinois.
A similar outbreak has been reported at another facility in Centralia, the Warren G Murray Developmental Center, where six staff members and 17 residents have tested positive.
More than 16,422 cases and 528 deaths have been reported in Illinois, as officials warn that the state could soon become a national hotspot due to it’s accelerating infection rate.
At his daily briefing on Thursday, Governor JB Pritzker said the state was seeing a glimmer of hope in flattening the curve but is not out of the woods yet.
‘Keep in mind our case number and death toll are still growing and thus our fight must continue,’ Pritzker said.
‘And the data will show those numbers are growing more slowly and that’s a very good thing.’