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McLean County Reports 2 More COVID Deaths; None Hospitalized

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Emily Bollinger
The McLean County Health Department COVID vaccination clinics have been cut back to 2-3 days per week.

McLean County health officials announced two additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, but said no county residents are hospitalized with COVID-19.

According to McLean County Health Department (MCHD) data compiled by WGLT, that marks the first time since last August that no McLean County residents are in the hospital with COVID complications.

McLean County Health Department COVID data
McLean County Health Department
The McLean County Health Department announced 24 new coronavirus cases and two COVID-related deaths in the last week.

MCHD also reported 24 new coronavirus cases since last Wednesday, the last time the county released COVID data. Since that time, 36 people have been released from quarantine and are considered recovered. Those positive tests came from about 4,700 tests.

The county reports 25 people are isolating at home with COVID. The county’s active coronavirus caseload is at its lowest since last July.

The two COVID-related deaths are both women. One was in her 60s and was not associated with long-term care. The other was in her 90s and was linked to a long-term care facility.

Their deaths bring McLean County’s COVID death toll to 233.

The health department noted while there are no McLean County residents currently hospitalized with COVID, Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center currently have five COVID patients in their care.

The county’s seven-day testing positivity rate dipped to 0.7% while its cumulative positivity rate dropped to 5.1%, based on more than 361,800 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic.

Vaccinations Rise

Meanwhile, COVID vaccination rates are starting to tick up slightly in McLean County after sharp declines in late April and May.

According to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), more than 156,600 vaccines have been administered in McLean County, including nearly 4,400 in the last week. That’s less than a 1% increase over last week, but it marks a 20% increase over the week of May 26-June 1.

The county’s rate of fully vaccinated is 44.4%. That’s below the state average of 45.9%, but ranks 10th highest out of Illinois’ 102 counties.

MCHD has scheduled new vaccination clinics through July 1, but they will be limited mostly to Tuesdays and Thursdays at Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington. The arena also will be open for vaccinations this Saturday. Walk-in appointments are permitted, but the health department said pre-registration is encouraged to speed up the process.

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