Local prison reports first positive coronavirus case

GALESBURG, Ill. (NEWS3) — A local correctional facility confirmed one of its inmates tested positive for COVID-19.

The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) reported an inmate at Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg contracted the virus, according to the IDOC’s website.

The medium security adult male prison is currently on lockdown, which means there is no movement around the facility except for medical care.

State officials said staff who work with inmates in isolation and quarantine, as well as in the health center, wear full personal protective equipment (PPE). Staff also have their temperature checked daily as they enter the facility.

Hill Correctional Center is one of eight IDOC facilities with confirmed coronavirus cases.

IDOC’s website does not currently show any staff members have tested positive with the virus at the local prison. The facility has a population of more than 1,600.

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