McLean County jail inmate tests positive for COVID-19

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — An inmate at the McLean County Detention Facility has tested positive for COVID-19.

Sheriff John Sandage says the inmate has been awaiting transfer to the Illinois Department of Corrections for a few months.

Additionally, Sandage says his office has filed a lawsuit against Governor J.B. Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Corrections for “failing to take inmates who have been sentenced to their custody” which he says is “creating a health and financial burden on the facility and taxpayers of McLean County.”

Sandage said in a statement that the jail is working with medical staff and the county health department on steps to prevent the spread of the virus, including testing of all staff and inmates.

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