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Contractual worker at Sheridan prison tests positive for COVID-19

Facility is on 14-day lockdown

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A contractual worker at Sheridan Correctional Center in La Salle County tested positive for COVID-19.

The 1,500-inmate facility was placed on a 14-day lockdown.

After consulting with Illinois Department of Public Health, the Department of Corrections determined staff and men incarcerated at the Sheridan facility were at low to medium risk for potential exposure.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Sheridan inmate population.

No other information about the contractual worker was released. There have been three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in La Salle County as of Wednesday afternoon.

During a lockdown, no visits are allowed.

All correctional facilities are under administrative quarantine. Regular phone and video visit privileges will continue as normal. Administrative quarantine is an intentional form of restricted movement within a facility to accommodate for unusual needs or circumstances, such as a pandemic outbreak. This measure must be taken to ensure the health and safety of those who live and work in our facilities, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Two correctional officers and one man incarcerated also have tested positive for COVID-19 at Stateville Correctional Center. The two Stateville correctional officers are recovering at home and the individual who is incarcerated is isolated and recovering in the hospital. Those who have been identified as being potentially exposed are being quarantined and the facility is on a 14-day lockdown. 

NIU student one of the additional cases confirmed Wednesday

Three days after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was announced in DeKalb County, two more cases have been identified, according to the DeKalb County Public Health Department, and one of them is a student at Northern Illinois University.

An NIU student in their 20s and a person in their 50s have tested positive for the coronavirus, the viral respiratory disease causing a global pandemic. NIU spokesperson Lisa Miner confirmed the DeKalb case Wednesday. As of noon, that brings the total cases in DeKalb County up to three, said Lisa Gonzalez, public health administrator.

— Shaw Media reporter Kelsey Rettke

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