Beginning this week, the Illinois National Guard will be on hand at Shapiro Developmental Center.
That according to Union workers at the facility this morning which were informed on Tuesday the National Guard will be coming to the facility to assist in temperature checkpoints throughout the Campus.
Shapiro is the source of a major breakout of COVID-19 in Kankakee County, last week accounting for over 44% of all cases in the County.
On April 2nd, Gov. Pritzker activated 30 Illinois National Guard soldiers to support COVID-19 response operations throughout Illinois. Over 430 Illinois National Guardsmen are assisting in the COVID-19 response across the State.
At previous stops, including Stateville Prison, Guardsmen set up a isolation tents to support COVID-19 patients and move them out of the general population in an effort to prevent community Spread.
No word if this tactic could be deployed at Shapiro Developmental Center. There have been 12 deaths in Kankakee County to date. It’s currently unclear as to how many of those deaths, if any, are related to the Shapiro Developmental Center network.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported at Shapiro nearly one month ago on March 19th. Since then cases have ran unchecked across the campus. At last count, April 10th, 51 residents and 20 staff had been infected with the disease. The Facility had an additional 41 residents showing symptoms of COVID-19 then.
Shapiro Developmental Center supports 477 residents and over 1,200 staff members.