COVID-19 Confirmed Positive Cases

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NOTE: COVID-19 NUMBERS CURRENT AS OF 05/30/20, 08:00 AM; 

(Total Staff/Resident/Patient census numbers based on 05/15/20 reporting)

The health, safety, and care of people throughout our state is our top priority. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for all of us and we are working around the clock to bend the curve and to slow the spread of the virus while continuing to fulfill our mission.

IDHS has 14 residential and hospital facilities that serve Illinoisans with developmental disabilities (7) and mental health needs (7). We are taking every precaution at these facilities but given the highly contagious and persistent nature of COVID-19, as well as the close, hands-on approach that our healthcare services require, even with all staff wearing personal protective equipment, the virus can find ways to spread.

We have been tracking positive cases of COVID-19 in our facilities, testing residents and patients who display symptoms or have been exposed to those who have symptoms and isolating and treating anyone who is symptomatic or who tests positive for the virus.

We have also been tracking positive cases for the staff at our non-24/7 locations, including local offices, administrative offices, and schools. Many of these locations have been closed for some or all of the Governor's Stay at Home executive orders and their staffs have been working or on call, remotely. Nevertheless, regardless of whether an employee has been working on-site or remotely, we are associating them, below, with their pre-COVID-19 physical work site.

The "staff returned to work" information presented below indicates how many staff previously out of work due to COVID-like illness or a positive COVID-19 test have returned to work. "Recovered residents and patients" are those for whom (i) there has been at least 28 days since their initial positive test or symptom onset, and (ii) they have been without any COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, for at least 72 hours. 

(The information presented here is updated periodically during the COVID-19 public health emergency. It is provisional and may contain errors or omissions. For staff data, the information is dependent on what information the Department receives.)

If you have questions about the data presented here, please email DHS.COVID19@Illinois.gov. For medical COVID-19 questions, please contact the COVID-19 help line at 1-800-889-3931 or DPH.Sick@Illinois.gov.

Department Overview - Total Cases of COVID-19

Division

Confirmed Positive

COVID-19 Staff

Staff Returned to Work Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Residents & Patients Recovered Residents & Patients
Administrative Offices 4 1 N/A N/A
Developmental Disabilities 267 202 379 236
Family & Community Services 40 32 N/A N/A
Mental Health 35 22 16 4
Rehabilitation Services 6 6 0 N/A
Substance Use Prevention & Recovery 0 N/A N/A N/A
Total 352 263 395 240

Detailed Breakdown of COVID-19 Cases

State Operated Developmental Centers

Facility (City - County)
Total Staff at Facility Confirmed Positive
COVID-19
Staff
Staff Returned to Work Total Residents at
Facility
Confirmed Positive
COVID-19 Residents
Recovered Residents
Choate (Anna - Union Co.) 637 1 1 205 0 N/A
Fox (Dwight - Livingston Co.) 233 0 N/A 80 0 N/A
Kiley (Waukegan - Lake Co.) 459 23 7 199 12 3
Ludeman (Park Forest - Cook Co.) 905 125 100 341 212 129
Mabley (Dixon - Lee Co.) 218 29 21 111 45 18
Murray (Centralia - Clinton Co.) 561 23 21 244 37 25
Shapiro (Kankakee - Kankakee Co.) 1,208 66 52 475 73 61

State Operated Psychiatric Hospitals

Facility (City - County)
Total Staff at Facility Confirmed Positive
COVID-19
Staff
Staff Returned to Work Total Patients at
Facility
Confirmed Positive
COVID-19 Patients
Recovered Patients
Alton (Alton - Madison Co.) 252 1 0 94 0 N/A
Chester (Chester - Randolph Co.) 498 3 1 260 1 0
Read (Chicago - Cook Co.) 285 11 9 130 7 2
Elgin (Elgin - Kane Co.) 687 6 2 355 2 2
Madden (Hines - Cook Co.) 242 12 8 85 6 0
McFarland (Springfield - Sangamon Co.) 247 0 N/A 121 0 N/A
TDF (Rushville - Schuyler Co.) 235 2 1 548 0 N/A

Family & Community Services Offices (including 77 Local Offices)

Location
Total Staff
at Location
Confirmed Positive
COVID-19
Staff
Staff Returned to Work
ABE Call Center 98 2 2
Calumet Park FCRC 71 1 0
Englewood FCRC 127 2 2
Homewood MMU 200 3 3
Humboldt Park FCRC 115 2 1
Lake County FCRC 105 2 2
LTC - MFO Central 83 3 3
LTC - MFO North 127 1 0
Mid-South FCRC 106 1 0
North Suburban FCRC 69 1 0
Northside FCRC 43 2 2
Northwest FCRC 88 2 2
Roseland FCRC 87 1 1
Southeast FCRC 104 5 5
St. Clair FCRC 72 1 0
Teen Parent Services, Chicago 15 1 1
Vermillion FCRC 37 1 1
West Suburban FCRC 133 3 3
Winnebago FCRC 96 1 1
Woodlawn FCRC 77 5 3

Rehabilitation Services Offices (including 45 Local Offices)

Location
Total Staff
at Location
Confirmed Positive
COVID-19
Staff
Staff Returned to Work
Chicago Heights Local Office 29 4 4
Illinois School for the Deaf 207 1 1
Illinois Center for Rehabilitation & Education 51 1 1

Administrative Offices

Location Confirmed Positive
COVID-19
Staff
Staff Returned to Work
Chicago: 401 S Clinton 4 1

COVID-19 Confirmed Fatalities

It is with deepest sadness that we share that COVID-19 has taken the lives of several of our staff and residents. Our thoughts are with their families, friends, and colleagues.

(The information presented here is updated periodically during the COVID-19 public health emergency. It is provisional and may contain errors or omissions. For staff data, the information is dependent on what information the Department receives. Some deaths and their contributing causes may remain under investigation by a coroner or medical examiner.)

Division Staff Residents & Patients
Administrative Offices 0 N/A
Developmental Disabilities 4 9
Family & Community Services 2 N/A
Mental Health 0 0
Rehabilitation Services 0 0
Substance Use Prevention & Recovery 0 N/A
Total 6 9

Detailed Breakdown of COVID-19 Fatalities

State Operated Developmental Centers

Facility (City - County) Staff Residents & Patients
Kiley (Waukegan - Lake Co.) 0 1
Ludeman (Park Forest - Cook Co.) 4 6
Mabley (Dixon - Lee Co.) 0 1
Shapiro (Kankakee - Kankakee Co.) 0 1

Family & Community Services Offices (including 77 Local Offices)

Location Staff
Woodlawn FCRC 2

Frequently Asked Questions (State Operated Developmental Centers and Psychiatric Hospitals)

  1. What precautions were taken in the State Operated Developmental Centers (SODC) and State Operated Psychiatric Hospitals (SOPH) before there were any positives?
  2. Why are the number of positives much higher at the Ludeman Developmental Center?
  3. How can the public help support the health and safety of the State psychiatric hospitals and developmental centers?
  4. How is IDHS isolating positive or symptomatic cases and enforcing social distancing in large congregate settings of people with serious mental health and/or cognitive challenges?
  5. What actions are taken after staff/patients/residents test positive?
  6. Who is notified after staff/patients/residents test positive?
  7. Can family members visit an ill resident/patient in a State facility?
  8. Will local hospitals treat COVID-19 positive DD or MH residents/patients?
  9. Is IDHS working with the county or city public health departments?
  10. Are staff of IDHS's hospitals/centers wearing masks and other PPE? If not, why not?
  11. Do these settings have sufficient PPE?
  12. What kind of on-site medical care is available to IDHS residents/patients?
  13. Does IDHS have ventilators at the Centers / Hospitals?
  14. Is the State administering COVID-19 tests for symptomatic and/or non-symptomatic residents/patients/staff at the SODCs and Hospitals who may have been exposed?
  15. Are families notified when there is a positive case?
  16. Are staff notified when there is a positive case?
  17. Have transfers been suspended?
  18. What is IDHS doing to prevent staff from bringing COVID-19 (coronavirus) into the facility?
  19. Is IDHS providing proper cleaning supplies?
  20. Does IDHS know when the visitation suspension will be lifted?

  1. What precautions were taken in the State Operated Developmental Centers (SODC) and State Operated Psychiatric Hospitals (SOPH) before there were any positives?

    • Beginning March 12:
      • All non-essential visitors were restricted from entering any SODC or SOPH;
      • Temperature checks for all staff and residents/patients at shift changes were initiated;
      • An Infectious Disease team for IDHS's 24/7 facilities, including members of the facilities' already existing infectious disease control staff, was formed;
      • Facilities arranged for video and telephone calls between residents/patients and family as readily available and as frequently as possible.
    • Other Proactive Safety Measures initiated since March 12:
      • Centers closed all campus day training sites;
      • Residents are not attending off campus day training sites;
      • Group activities were cancelled;
      • Meals were served separately to individuals in isolation and/or small groups, following social distancing guidelines;
      • Community outings and home visits were suspended;
      • Resident/patient temperatures/vitals were taken on the AM shift and PM shift;
      • Regular training of staff regarding sanitation and hand hygiene;
      • Providing personal protective equipment (PPE) in consultation with IDPH;
      • Enhanced cleaning on frequently touched surfaces, such as doors, handrails, and light switches;
      • Individuals who exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19 were placed in isolation.
  2. Why are the number of positives much higher at the Ludeman Developmental Center?

    • A small number of IDHS facilities are managing a significant number of COVID-19 cases. The Department can't say precisely how each person at these facilities became positive, but all residents who exhibit symptoms or who test positive for COVID-19 are being supported in isolation, following CDC and IDPH safety protocols.

    • These increased resident numbers are driven, at least in part by increased testing. For example, at Ludeman Developmental Center, based on consultation with infection control experts, every Ludeman resident was tested, regardless of whether they had symptoms or were exposed to individuals who were positive or had symptoms. Every positive staff person has been directed to stay home and to seek medical care as appropriate until they recover and will require negative test results before returning to work. The vast majority of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 are not displaying any symptoms of the virus or are exhibiting only minor symptoms, and their health is being closely monitored. Many residents and staff who were ill have also already recovered.

    • IDHS will continue to test anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 or who has come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for the virus. At the direction of our infection control team and as more testing becomes available, we will broaden testing to other populations. IDHS is working on plans - in partnership - with IDPH to arrange on-site testing at Ludeman Center for all of its employees.
  3. How can the public help support the health and safety of the State psychiatric hospitals and developmental centers?

    • Members of the public may help support IDHS facilities by donating Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If you or anyone you know is aware of extra PPE that can be donated, please send a message to PPE.Donations@Illinois.gov.
  4. How is IDHS isolating positive or symptomatic cases and enforcing social distancing in large congregate settings of people with serious mental health and/or cognitive challenges?

    • While it is a challenge in these settings, social distancing is being practiced in all situations. Further, group gatherings off-unit have been ceased, there has been increased sanitation and housekeeping efforts within the facilities, and deep cleaning is performed when a positive case is identified. For mealtimes, residents and patients eat in shifts, social distancing is practiced in common eating areas, and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected in between eating shifts. Any resident or patient who is COVID-19 positive or displaying COVID-like symptoms is placed in isolation and eats in their room.
  5. What actions are taken after staff/patients/residents test positive?

    • Staff, residents, patients, families, and guardians are notified.
    • If the resident or patient has been in isolation due to COVID-19-like symptoms, the isolation continues, and the resident or patient will be transferred to a local hospital if supportive care cannot be given within the IDHS facility.
    • If the staff has not been to work, notice is provided to all employees of the positive test in a daily memorandum to all employees. If the staff has been at work, separate notification is sent to those employees who were in prolonged contact (within six feet for five or more minutes) with the positive staff member.
    • Testing will be recommended for all residents and patients showing signs/symptoms of COVID-19 where positive cases of COVID-19 have already been identified.
  6. Who is notified after staff/patients/residents test positive?

    • Employees are notified by all-staff memorandum via email, as well as, printed/posted in common areas.
    • Individual families are notified by phone as to the status of their loved one.
    • All families of SODC residents are notified by mail and telephone.
  7. Can family members visit an ill resident/patient in a State facility?

    • No, all visits were suspended March 12, 2020 until further notice.
  8. Will local hospitals treat COVID-19 positive DD or MH residents/patients?

    • Yes.
  9. Is IDHS working with the county or city public health departments?

    • Yes, IDHS is communicating and coordinating with local health departments and hospitals in each area where IDHS Hospitals and Development Centers are located.
  10. Are staff of IDHS's hospitals/centers wearing masks and other PPE? If not, why not?

    • Yes, all IDHS hospital and center staff are following the recommended CDC/IDPH guidelines for use and re-use of PPE based on each setting within the facility.
  11. Do these settings have sufficient PPE?

    • With leadership from the Governor, partnership with IEMA, and through IDHS's own procurement efforts, the facilities have been able to provide staff with PPE on all shifts. There continue to be shortages in certain items, but IDHS is working diligently to ensure sufficient coverage. 
  12. What kind of on-site medical care is available to IDHS residents/patients?

    • Nurses and at least one doctor are onsite at all times.
    • Basic health care supports are available for non-acute needs, such as wound treatment, caring for routine colds, flu, administering medications, toileting, bathing, etc.
  13. Does IDHS have ventilators at the Centers / Hospitals?

    • No. Health care supports are available onsite for non-acute needs, such as wound treatment, caring for routine colds, flu, administering medications, toileting, bathing, etc.
  14. Is the State administering COVID-19 tests for symptomatic and/or non-symptomatic residents/patients/staff at the SODCs and Hospitals who may have been exposed?

    • Yes.
  15. Are families notified when there is a positive case?

    • Yes. The Divisions of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health follow protocol to notify staff, families, and guardians on the same day they receive notice by local health departments or IDPH of confirmed cases.
  16. Are staff notified when there is a positive case?

    • Yes. The Divisions of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health follow protocol to notify staff, families, and guardians on the same day they receive notice by local health departments or IDPH of confirmed cases.
  17. Have transfers been suspended?

    • Yes, all interagency transports have been suspended except for emergency situations.
  18. What is IDHS doing to prevent staff from bringing COVID-19 (coronavirus) into the facility?

    • Upon arrival to the facility, staff are screened, have their temperature checked, and are encouraged (and with Governor Pritzker's forthcoming, updated stay at home order, will be required) to wear a face covering and encouraged to wear a face shield while at work. Staff are provided a surgical face shield, a surgical mask, gown, and gloves to wear when interacting with individuals who are suspected or have tested positive for COVID-19.
  19. Is IDHS providing proper cleaning supplies?

    • Yes. During this period, the Department has increased cleaning schedules and the amount of cleaning supplies on hand. We are closely monitoring supply levels at each facility and are in close communication with vendors to maintain adequate inventory.
  20. Does IDHS know when the visitation suspension will be lifted?

    • Not at this time. IDHS will monitor the situation to determine when it is safe to restore visits.