Third Manteno Veterans’ Home resident dies in pandemic


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Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,088 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 74 additional deaths.

During today’s report, IDPH announced a third resident of the Manteno Veterans’ Home has passed away in the pandemic.  There are now 63 individuals who have contracted COVID-19 at Illinois Veterans’ Homes with three deaths, all belonging to the Manteno facility.

On Thursday, the Department of Veterans Affairs wrote residents and family members regarding the current status of COVID at Manteno.  At the time, there were 44 confirmed cases at the facility with 10 employees and 33 residents testing positive for the virus. 

“We understand this news can be distressing, and we encourage you to contact your loved ones for mutual support of one another.” Administrator Tanya Smith wrote in the letter.  “We promise to keep you informed as we do everything possible to keep our residents safe.”

Illinois now has 92,457 cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began, including 4,129 deaths spread across 100 of Illinois’ 102 counties.  The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate is at 15%.    There have now been 561,649 tests in the State of Illinois to date.

As a reminder to the community, a negative test is only valid at the time of testing.  Any test taken outside of that window could result in a different result.


  1. Heaven is getting sweeter with every saint going home.
    To each of us still here, sending condolences to you for our loved ones.

    Heavenly Father, we don’t know what your up to, I know You didn’t cause this,
    but I’m certain You are in control, o Lord God, You are Sovereign over all Your
    creation, through our mixed emotions broken hearts, we come to You in praises
    and prayers.
    Proverbs 3:5-6
    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, Lean not on your own understanding,
    Acknowledge God in all your ways and He will make your path straight.

    Lord Jesus, You told Paul, when he cried out to You to remove this thorn of satin from him,
    My grace is sufficient for you, My strength is made perfect in weakness.

    Lord Jesus, we are calling out to You to strengthen us, we would love it if You would remove
    this sickness, like Paul, may we rejoice in our weakness, knowing that at that time it is Your strength that rest on us.
    Your will, God,our Father! let Your will be done, help us to keep our eyes on Jesus Christ. Amen


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