By Jim Hagerty
CHICAGO – An incarcerated man at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill was among the seven coronavirus-related deaths reported by Illinois officials Monday.
“Additionally, 12 men who were incarcerated at Stateville are now hospitalized, including several requiring ventilators,” Illinois Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in a release. “There are 77 more incarcerated individuals with symptoms who are isolated at the facility. Eleven staff are also being isolated.”
Ezike said Stateville has a slightly older inmate population, and inmates there and throughout Illinois are being closely monitored.
“Correctional centers with a confirmed case are placed on lockdown, which means there is no movement around the facility except for medical care,” she said. “Incarcerated individuals who show symptoms are being tested.”
Deaths in Cook County include a man in his 50s, a man in his 60s, a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 70s. In DuPage County, a man his 60s has died, along with a Kendall County woman in her 60s and two Will County men–one in his 50s and one in his 60s.
Locally, Winnebago County has confirmed 14 cases of COVID-19, including at least two patients in Rockford. A total of 36 infections have been confirmed in the northern Illinois region, an area that comprises Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.
As of Monday, March 30, there are 5,057 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 52 Illinois counties. Seventy-three people have died.
This story has been updated.