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Nursing home worker was McLean County’s 11th death tied to COVID-19

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - McLean County's 11th death tied to COVID-19 worked at a Bloomington nursing home hit especially hard by the novel coronavirus, the local health department said Wednesday.

The woman, in her 50s, worked at the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, and had underlying conditions, according to health officials. Her death was announced Tuesday, but a McLean County Health Department spokesman confirmed Wednesday she worked at the long-term care facility.

Seven nursing home residents have also died after contracting the virus.

No new nursing home cases were reported Wednesday, but there remains 54 people who contracted the virus, up from five days earlier when there were 48 confirmed cases and six deaths.

The health department said of the 54 people with the virus, 33 of them lived at the nursing home and 21 were nursing home employees.

The health department on Wednesday also reported four new cases county-wide, as the total reached 216. Health officials said four people are still in the hospital, 39 are in home isolation, and 162 have recovered from the virus.

Howard Packowitz

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