A CARE worker who went viral in footage of her dancing with a 102-year-old OAP a few weeks ago was found dead at home amid fears she may have had coronavirus.
Jeanette McKenna, 53, had worked at the same care home for ten years and was described as ‘popular’ and ‘selfless’ by her colleagues.
Fun-loving Jeanette became an internet sensation when a TikTok video of her dancing with 102-year-old care home resident Percy Mann went viral.
Jeanette had worked at Whitecraigs care home, in Thornliebank for ten years.
But she was found dead at home on May 7, after police were alerted.
The housing association property was due to be deep cleaned yesterday and neighbours were told to seek medical help in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Shocked neighbour James Armstrong, 71, said: “She was lovely.
“We spoke to each other all the time. It’s sad to lose her.”
A spokesman for Whitecraigs care home said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened at this tragic news.
“Jeanette was a hugely popular carer, colleague and friend for the past ten years.
“She was absolutely selfless and gave love and support to all residents and families within her care.
“She will be greatly missed by everyone at Whitecraigs.
“Our heartfelt condolences are with her family, friends and loved ones at this difficult time.”
Barrhead Housing Association (BHA) confirmed a deep clean was due to take place yesterday.
Shirley Robison, BHA chief executive, said: “The situation at this address is absolutely tragic and we would always encourage all our tenants and residents to seek medical help if unwell.
“Phoning NHS 111 is recommended by the Scottish Government and NHS services since the coronavirus started.
“We would like to offer our condolences to the family.
“We will follow all health and safety guidance to deal with the property clearance and to reassure neighbouring residents that this will be a co-ordinated approach using a range of contractors, including our close cleaning contractor.”
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Officers attended at an address in George Street at around 7.20pm on Thursday following a call from a member of the public.
“On arrival, officers found the body of a 53-year-old woman within the property.
“The death is being treated as unexplained but there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.
“A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”