Signs posted on the front door of Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center in DeKalb Thursday afternoon warn that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the building. Nine staff members and 31 residents at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19. One resident has died as a result of complications from the disease.
Signs posted on the front door of Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center in DeKalb Thursday afternoon warn that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the building. Nine staff members and 31 residents at the facility have tested positive for COVID-19. One resident has died as a result of complications from the disease.

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DeKALB - Three more residents and one more employee at Pine Acres Rehab and Living Center have tested positive for COVID-19 Friday, according to the DeKalb County Health Department, bringing the total number of cases linked to the longterm care facility to 44.

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 Friday, 34 residents and 10 employees 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 Saturday, 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 Thursday, the Pine Acres outbreak represents 10.3% 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.

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.

In an announcement Friday, Duchene confirmed all residents and staff at the nursing home were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 26. Though health officials identified 17 possible exposures as a result of the employee case, no tests were administered for 12 days due to what DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson said were logistical issues getting tests available.

"Results have been received for all tests administered and all results are negative," Duchene said in a statement sent to the Daily Chronicle Friday. "Following guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and in consultation with DeKalb County Health Department, DCRNC will continue to be proactive in monitoring and protecting the health and safety of residents and the
facilities’ healthcare staff."

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