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IDPH To Investigate Long-term Care Facilities

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, discusses the discovery of a second case in Illinois of the novel coronavirus and the public health efforts to contain and study it, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 in Springfield, Ill., (AP Photo/John O'Connor)

The Illinois Department of Public Health is launching an investigation into the long-term care bureau after complaints and high rates of COVID-19 infections. The IDPH announced Friday that it is reviewing the bureau after discovering that investigations into abuse and neglect were delayed between mid-March and June. Director Ngozi Ezike says the findings are unacceptable. Over half of all Illinois COVID-19 deaths have been connected to long-term care facilities.

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