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IL assisted living center on lockdown due to flu

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) -

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity has been high in 22 states, Illinois being one of them.

People at high risk for the flu are young children and the elderly.

In Metropolis, Illinois, Misty Meadows, an assisted living center, has been on lockdown since Tuesday, due to the high number of people getting the flu.

Before walking in, warning signs on the door state: ‘Unless you are medical personnel, an immediate family member or caregiver, please do not enter Misty Meadows at the present time.'

“At their age, this flu could kill them in a heartbeat, so we felt that it was very important in order to protect them and their health, that we go ahead and shut the facility down,” Misty Meadows owner, Dana Legereit said.

Legereit says more than ten residents and employees have tested positive for the flu, and five residents are currently in the hospital.

And because many employees have been out sick, Legereit says it it has been more difficult.

“It's very tough,” she said. “My administrator has been pulling doubles. I have other girls pulling doubles, so it's rough.”

The residents have been told to stay in their rooms. Instead of going to the dining room for meals, the staff brings their meals to them.

Ninety-four-year-old resident Eulean Baker, who doesn't have the flu, says although she misses walking through the halls and talking with her friends, she still has plenty to do.

“I stay busy. I work puzzles, I read, I work on a pillow top, and I write letters,” Baker said.

Baker says the facility is her security and says she will follow any rules that will keep her safe and healthy.

At Misty Meadows, 98 percent of the 44 residents did take the flu vaccine.

The facility is expected to reopen Monday morning.

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