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Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
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The family of a Bloomington nursing home resident who died of COVID-19 is suing the facility’s owner, claiming gross negligence for failing to prevent a coronavirus outbreak that led to 11 deaths at the long-term care facility.

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The owner of a Bloomington nursing home where 11 people died after contracting COVID-19 has accepted $20 million in loans through the Paycheck Protection Program—about 200 times the average amount for a program designed to help much smaller businesses.

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For one week in mid-May, the staff at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center found themselves calling 911 again and again.

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Robyn Rodriguez was frightened when she got the call on Mother’s Day that her mother had tested positive for the coronavirus at her Bloomington nursing home and was being moved to a hospital ICU.

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UPDATED 3 p.m. | Three more people have died of COVID-19 following an outbreak at the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, where nearly 50 people have contracted the coronavirus.

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The Bloomington nursing home that has become McLean County’s largest COVID-19 outbreak—with six deaths and dozens infected—struggled to provide quality care and adequate staffing even before the virus hit, according to government inspections.

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Chad Holliday of Normal got the call on Mother’s Day.

On May 10, the administrator at his mother’s nursing home and rehab center called to tell him a few of the other residents had tested positive for the coronavirus. They planned to isolate the sick and test everyone else.