At least nineteen Illinois cases are now linked to the reports of elevated lead levels in recalled cinnamon applesauce pouches. To learn more about the recall, go to https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/news/lead-poisoning-outbreak-linked-to-cinnamon-applesauce-pouches.html. If you or a family member consumed this product, consult your health care provider.
Run by the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA), all four Illinois Veterans’ Homes are fully staffed by long-term care professionals and volunteers from veteran service organizations and the local community, who provide many additional supporting services and activities to the veterans.
Each Home is licensed by IDPH and certified by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center of jurisdiction. The Homes work closely with the local health care community to ensure that each resident’s specific health care needs are met.
Public Act 100-0632 amends the Department of Veterans' Affairs Act to require that, if an Illinois Veterans Home administrator or a member of the administrative staff is notified that, within one month or less, two or more persons residing within the Veterans Home are diagnosed with an infectious disease, then, within 24 hours after the facility is notified of the second diagnosis, the Illinois Veterans Home must:
- Provide a written notification of the incidence of the infectious disease to each resident of the facility and the resident's emergency contact or next of kin
- Post a notification of the incidence of the infectious disease in a conspicuous place near the main entrance to the Illinois Veterans Home
- Provide a written notification to the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Department of Public Health of the incidence of the infectious disease and of compliance with the notification requirements concerning residents and the resident's emergency contact or next of kin.
- In addition to the initial written notifications, IDVA and IDPH must post the notification of the incidence of the infectious disease, any updates, and any options that are available to the residents on their websites.