The Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) is once again pausing intakes from county jails due to COVID-19.
The decision comes as IDOC deals with outbreaks of COVID-19 at facilities including Graham, Logan, Menard, and Northern Reception and Classification Centers where county jails transport new admissions. County sheriffs were said to have been notified on Tuesday.
The IDOC says it's using space normally reserved for new admissions to safely quarantine and isolate inmates who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19.
IDOC says when COVID-19 cases drop again, intakes from county jails will resume. The department says staff and inmates are regularly tested for COVID-19 and screened for symptoms.
75 percent of inmates and 66 percent of staff have been vaccinated against the virus.