Updated on Monday at 8:21 p.m.
A man incarcerated at Stateville prison in Illinois has died from COVID-19 and another dozen have been hospitalized, including several requiring ventilators according to Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
At a press conference with Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker Monday, Ezike said another 77 men with symptoms of COVID-19 at the facility were being held in isolation, and 11 staff members were showing signs of the disease and isolating.
Prisoners and their families say they are scared.
Deborah Wilson’s husband, Joseph Wilson, is incarcerated at Stateville. She said she usually talks to him everyday on the phone. Last Monday, he started feeling sick and by Wednesday she could tell it was very serious. “He was speaking really weak and could hardly get his words out,” Wilson said.