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Seven more COVID-19 cases announced at Pine Acres Sunday, count climbs to 57 total at facility

DeKALB – Four more residents and three more employees of Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center have tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday, according to the DeKalb County Health Department, bringing the total number of cases linked to the longterm care facility to 57.

The death toll at the facility remains one, a DeKalb woman in her 70s reported to have died from complications due to the virus Thursday.

As of Sunday, 40 residents and 17 employees total of Pine Acres are confirmed to have the viral respiratory disease, after a jump in cases first announced Thursday. The first case at the facility was reported May 23, and since that time families of residents and employees have contacted the Daily Chronicle concerned about the situation.

Pine Acres is a 119-bed capacity long-term care facility at 1212 S. Second St. in DeKalb. As of Saturday, the Pine Acres outbreak represents 8.3% of total cases in DeKalb County and 25% of all deaths.

DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center

While the COVID-19 outbreak continues to climb at Pine Acres, the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center in DeKalb has contained the virus to a single case, an employee who tested positive May 15, according to a new statement released Friday by the administrator, Steve Duchene.

No new cases at the nursing center were announced Saturday.

Pine Acres is the second longterm care facility in the county to be linked to the novel coronavirus, as the first COVID-19 case announced in a facility was an employee of the DeKalb County Rehab and Nursing Center, who tested positive May 15 and was immediately isolated at home, according to a May 15 news release from Duchene.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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