PEKIN — There is an ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 at Reflections Memory Care in Washington, according to the Tazewell County Health Department.
As of Thursday, 14 residents had been diagnosed with COVID-19, six of them this week. Three deaths have been reported, including one Wednesday, a woman in her 80s. In addition, at least two staff members have been diagnosed with COVID-19, said Sara Sparkman, a health department spokesperson.
Because both those staff members live in Tazewell County, the health department was able to confirm the infections — there may be other staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19, but if they live in another county, that information is not immediately available to department officials.
The health department has been supplying personal protective equipment to the facility, a service it has provided since the beginning of the pandemic.
"That’s just one of the things we are able to do because we have gotten PPE through (Illinois Department of Public Health), and long-term-care facilities are one of the locations where we can distribute it," said Sparkman. "Because of the outbreak, they are using more PPE. We are working with all of the long-term-care facilities on PPE."
Ten more cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the Tri-County Area over the last 24 hours. Peoria County added four cases, for a total of 410. Tazewell County added six, for a total of 104, and Woodford County held steady at 31.
There are currently two COVID-19 patients in the intensive care units of area hospitals. At present, 21 non-ICU beds are in use by COVID-19 patients.