BREAKING: COVID-19 outbreak reported at Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin

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PEKIN, Ill. (WMBD) — (UPDATE 4:10 p.m.) — Seventy-four inmates and three staff members are confirmed to have COVID-19 at the Federal Correctional Institute (FCI) in Pekin, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons Office of Public Affairs.

In an email sent to WMBD, the department said all inmates who test positive for COVID-19 or show symptoms are isolated and provided medical care.

” Symptomatic inmates whose condition rises to the level of acute medical care will be transferred to a hospital setting; either at a local hospital or at an institution’s hospital care unit, if they have one,” it states.

There are 987 male inmates at FCI Pekin’s medium-security facility and 171 female inmates at Pekin’s adjacent camp, totaling 1,158 total inmates at the institution.

(PREVIOUS) 60 inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the Tazewell County Health Department.

The health department and correctional facility staff are working to investigate and control the outbreak, according to a press release.

This story will be updated.

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