Poor planning caused deadly COVID outbreak at LaSalle veterans’ home, state audit finds


CHICAGO (SCS) — A new report blames the lack of preparedness and little follow-up for a COVID-19 outbreak that killed 36 people at a state veterans’ home in LaSalle.

A recently released state audit found that when four cases of COVID-19 were confirmed there in November 2020, testing was slow and poorly done.

The audit also found that state officials did not visit veterans’ homes until several weeks after the outbreak began.

Gov. JB Pritzker blamed Republicans who opposed safety measures like masks, saying it encouraged visitors to ignore the rules and spread the virus.

Republican lawmakers in Illinois say the audit shows the Pritzker administration failed to protect LaSalle veterans.


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