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Illinois prisons take 'aggressive' actions to stop spread of COVID-19

Stateville Correctional Facility is seen in Crest Hill. The Illinois Department of Corrections said it is taking "aggressive" actions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in prisons across the state. Five incarcerated individuals and one staff member at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, according to IDOC.
Stateville Correctional Facility is seen in Crest Hill. The Illinois Department of Corrections said it is taking "aggressive" actions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in prisons across the state. Five incarcerated individuals and one staff member at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, according to IDOC.

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The Illinois Department of Corrections said it is taking “aggressive” actions to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in prisons across the state.

Five incarcerated individuals and one staff member at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill had tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday, according to IDOC.

In a statement, the IDOC said, “With guidance by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the department is taking an aggressive approach to our COVID-19 mitigation measures. We have a team of medical professionals and security specialists working around the clock to protect the health and safety of those who live and work in our correctional facilities.”

On March 20, all correctional facilities statewide were placed on “administrative quarantine,” which is an “intentional form of restricted movement within a facility,” according to IDOC. Regular phone and video visit privileges will continue as normal.

IDOC also suspended visitation to correctional facilities as of March 14. Facilities with a confirmed case of COVID-19 were being placed on lockdown.

Hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap and cleaning supplies were being made available to all staff and incarcerated individuals, according to IDOC’s statement. All staff were being screened and having their temperature checked when they arrive at a facility.

IDOC has also suspended some interagency transports with some exceptions. All county jail intakes have been suspended, per an executive order from Gov. JB Pritzker.

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