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Riverside Miller Center resident dies from COVID-19

If confirmed by IDPH officials, it would mark the first death tied to a long-term care facility in Kankakee County.

A resident at Riverside’s Miller Center has allegedly died from COVID-19.

The information came following an obituary of a local woman posting on Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home of Peotone’s website.   

The woman was 94 years old.

According to the obituary, the woman allegedly ‘passed away on Friday, April 17, 2020, at Miller Health Care Center in Kankakee as a result of the COVID19 Pandemic.’

Riverside first announced cases at the Miller Center over a week after the first reports of cases leaked on April 8th.  Riverside formally announced COVID-19 positives on April 15th.  As of April 17th, 40% of all residents at the facility had become infected, the same day as the woman’s passing.

If confirmed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, this would be Kankakee County’s first death due to COVID-19 at a long-term care facility.

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