Health Department: 11th Death Was Nursing Home Employee | WGLT

Health Department: 11th Death Was Nursing Home Employee

May 27, 2020

UPDATED 9 p.m. | A 56-year-old certified nursing assistant is the first employee at the Bloomington Rehab nursing home to die after contracting COVID-19, the McLean County Health Department said Wednesday.

Pamela L. Hair, 56, of Bloomington, died Monday. She leaves behind two sisters and many other family members.

Pamela L. Hair died Monday at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal. Her obituary says she had COVID-19.

Hair was a CNA at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for 35 years, according to her obituary.

The McLean County Health Department on Tuesday announced the death of "a female in her 50s with underlying medical conditions." At that time, the health department did not link her death to the nursing home.

Later Tuesday WGLT learned the woman had indeed worked there and contacted the health department for clarification. The health department on Wednesday confirmed she was indeed an employee.

Seven residents of the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center also have died after contracting the virus. Hair was the first employee. In total, 33 residents and 21 employees have tested positive as of Wednesday.

Meanwhile, four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in McLean County, bringing the total to 216. The new cases were people in their teens and 20s. They were not connected to Bloomington Rehab, according to McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight.

Of those testing positive, 39 are isolating at home and four are hospitalized (including one in ICU). Eleven people have died.

The rest (162 people) have recovered.

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