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Nine Residents Dead From COVID-19 At Fair Havens In Decatur

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DECATUR – Nine residents at the Fair Havens Senior Living facility in Decatur have died after contracting COVID-19. So far, all COVID-19 related deaths in Macon county have been residents at the long-term care facility.

The latest casualties from the virus are a woman in her 90s and another woman in her 70s, according to the Macon County Health Department. Health officials did not release their names to allow their families privacy.

County health officials announced eight new confirmed cases of the virus this weekend, with 36 linked to Fair Havens, and one case associated with the nursing and rehabilitation center, Villa Clara Post Acute, in Decatur. 

Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe said last week that she wants the state to expand testing at Fair Havens to cover all residents and staff. She says State Sen. Andy Manar is reaching out to state officials on their behalf. 

At a press conference Sunday afternoon, Illinois Department of Public Health Director, Ngozi Ezike, said the state is taking more aggressive measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 in nursing homes. 

“We are sending testing supplies to different facilities, we are trying to identify neighborhoods or areas where there is a lot of COVID-19 activity in the area,” Ezike says.

She says the state is also working with the nursing home industry as part of their efforts to mitigate the impact of the virus on long-term care facilities.

COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving story, and we are working hard to bring you the most up-to-date information. We recommend checking the Coronavirus Information Center for the most recent numbers and guidance.

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Lee V. Gaines

Lee V. Gaines

Lee Gaines covers Education for the Illinois Newsroom. She started at Illinois Public Media in 2017 and her stories have been featured nationally on NPR. Prior to her work at IPM, Lee wrote for newspapers and magazines in Chicago and nationally. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, Chicago Magazine, and the Marshall Project. She also recently completed a fellowship with the Education Writers Association. ➤ lvgaines@illinois.edu@LeeVGaines

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