Inspector general investigating COVID-19 outbreak at LaSalle Veterans’ Home

A report from the U.S. The Department of Veterans Affairs detailed problems at a LaSalle Veterans’ Home, including ventilation problems, ineffective hand sanitizer and a Halloween party staff reportedly attended.

The report, which was publicly released 90 minutes before a public hearing on the outbreak, followed a site visit by federal veterans affairs authorities nearly two weeks after an explosion of COVID-19 cases and several deaths at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home.

Several issues with staff behavior were raised in the report, including a Halloween party staff reportedly attended. Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Linda Chapa LaVia said there’s no proof there.

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