LaSalle, IL – The Illinois Veterans’ Home in LaSalle is witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases, reporting 13 infected residents and 12 staff members, all displaying mild symptoms. According to the facility, symptomatic residents have been offered antiviral treatments and no hospitalizations have occurred.
In response, the Home has intensified its Infection Prevention measures, including maintaining resident isolation, enforcing social distancing and masking in care areas, and implementing rigorous cleaning protocols. Increased testing for both residents and staff is being conducted to manage the outbreak.
Communal activities have been adjusted to reduce risk. Dining has been restricted to individual rooms, and unit-based leisure activities are organized for asymptomatic residents, adhering to social distancing to support their mental health. Family visitations are still permitted following CDC guidelines, but with an advisory on the current outbreak status.
IDVA Director Terry Prince emphasized the vigilance of Illinois’ Veterans’ Homes in monitoring and responding to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, commending the LaSalle team for their prompt and effective response in mitigating the spread within the facility.