Manteno Veterans’ Home Battles COVID-19 Surge; Maintains Veterans Day Spirit

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MANTENO, IL – A COVID-19 outbreak has struck the Illinois Veterans’ Home at Manteno, with 30 individuals testing positive. 

The State of Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs announced Thursday morning 19 residents and 11 staff have tested positive for COVID-19, and all are presenting mild symptoms. None of the residents or staff have been been hospitalized due to the disease.

Despite the challenge, the facility is doubling down on Infection Prevention policies to safeguard its cherished veterans and committed staff. With the surge, the Home has initiated rigorous testing, room confinement, and suspended group activities, while ensuring the veterans’ mental well-being is catered to with safe leisure options. 

“The Veterans’ Homes are diligent in protecting the safety of its military veterans and dedicated IDVA staff who care for them from all infectious diseases,” said IDVA Director Terry Prince. “We are grateful to the Manteno team for remaining highly vigilant for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 and for responding swiftly, appropriately, and professionally to any potential cases.”

Family visits continue under strict CDC-advised precautions. Amidst the outbreak, the Home’s Veterans Day celebrations will proceed, embodying resilience and honoring the fortitude of its residents.

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