CHICAGO (WLS) -- A furloughed American Airlines flight attendant from Chicago has learned she's tested positive for COVID-19.
It's a double blow for Erica Carmine, who no longer has health insurance, and already suffers from a heart disorder.
Carmine said she initially took a leave from her job, in an effort to stay safe from the virus.
"I ended up giving up my apartment because I took that leave; I could no longer afford my home," Carmine said. "I had to move out of state. I ended up ... losing my job, and now only five days after losing my healthcare benefits I have a positive COVID test."
American Airlines furloughed more than 8,000 flight attendants last month as a result of financial strain during the pandemic.