McLean County COVID Caseload Drops To 11-Month Low
Two days before Illinois moves to lift nearly all COVID-19 restrictions, McLean County’s active coronavirus caseload dropped to its lowest level in 11 months.
The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 16 new coronavirus cases this week, while another 44 people have been released from their time in quarantine and are considered recovered since Friday.
Thirty-four people are isolating at home and five McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s down from six last week.
Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center report 92% of their intensive care beds are full and 93% of all beds are occupied, but they currently have just one COVID patient under their care.
The county’s current coronavirus caseload of 39 is its lowest since July 10.
McLean County’s seven-day testing positivity rate dropped to 0.9% on Wednesday. That’s slightly below the state average. The county’s cumulative positivity rate stands at 5.2% based on more than 357,100 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic.
McLean County reported one additional COVID-related death on Monday, a woman in her 70s who was not associated with a long-term care facility. The county has reported 231 COVID-related deaths.
A total of 18,143 McLean County residents are considered recovered from COVID-19.
According to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), more than 152,200 COVID vaccine doses have been put in arms in McLean County and nearly 73,700 McLean County residents are fully vaccinated.
The county rate of fully vaccinated (42.6%) trails the state average of 44.3%, but McLean has the 11th highest vaccination rate out of Illinois’ 102 counties.
MCHD has announced it will no longer provide daily COVID updates. The county will provide weekly data on its COVID dashboard each Wednesday.
The state of Illinois advances to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan on Friday. Capacity restrictions will be removed for all venues, but the state will still require anyone who is not vaccinated to continue wearing a mask. People in schools, daycares, health care facilities, congregate settings and on public transportation must continue to wear a mask even if they are vaccinated.