Housing unit at Danville Correctional Center locked down due to illness
DANVILLE — The Danville Correctional Center isn't allowing visitors or volunteers today after it locked down a housing unit where several inmates have reported having flu-like symptoms.
Housing Unit 3 remains on Level 4, or light, lockdown after "a substantial" number of inmates began reporting the symptoms.
Tom Shaer, director of communications for the Illinois Department of Corrections, said the "no visitor" policy was implemented as a precautionary measure. It applies to visitors of inmates in other housing units, as well as volunteers who conduct classes or chapel services.
He added it will remain in place depending on results of lab tests which are being conducted at the Univeristy of Chicago. The results should be known later today.
Shaer stressed that the entire prison is not locked down.
Shaer said the full prison was locked down about two to three years ago when inmates reported flu-like symptoms, and it turned out to be the flu.