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BREAKING: Pine Acres resident dies from COVID-19, 9 total staff infected; 31 residents infected

DeKALB – A resident of Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center in DeKalb has died from complications due to the coronavirus, according to a statement from the DeKalb County Health Department Thursday.

In total, 9 staff are reported to have contracted the disease, and 31 residents have also contracted it at the longterm care facility at 1212 South Second Street in DeKalb.

“The DeKalb County Health Department is saddened to report that a resident from Pine Acres has died from complications of COVID-19,” the statement reads. “The identity of the resident is not being released to protect the privacy of the family.”

According to an email released by the Illinois Department of Public Health, a woman in her 70s died in DeKalb County in the last 24 hours.

The growing number of cases in Pine Acres mark the second local longterm care facility in the county to be linked to COVID-19.

The DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center announced its first case, in an employee, on May 15, and linked the case to 17 additional people in the facility who may have been exposed. Testing for those and others in the nursing center, however, did not occur for 12 days. When asked why, DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson said it was a logistical issue which delayed testing in the facility, which was not undertaken until Tuesday.

In a news release sent by the county health department on behalf of Pine Acres on Sunday, the longterm care facility said the residents tested positive on Saturday.

“We have identified all residents that may have been exposed,” the release stated. “Those residents and their family/guardian/representative/conservator were notified, as well as the resident’s physician. These affected residents have been placed on transmission-based precautions.”

This is a developing story which will be updated.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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