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McLean County Adds 37 COVID Cases; Hospitalizations Unchanged

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Eric Stock
The McLean County Health Department has a mobile vaccination clinic at the McLean County Fair from 1-7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

McLean County’s active coronavirus caseload dropped Friday as the county announced 37 new infections.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 49 people completed their time in quarantine since Thursday, while 217 McLean County residents are isolating at home. A total of 18,588 people are considered recovered from COVID-19.

Ten McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s unchanged from Thursday. There are 14 COVID patients receiving care at Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.

McLean County’s seven-day testing positivity rate rose to 4.3%. That’s still below the state average of 4.6% and well below the national rate (11.1%). The county’s cumulative positivity rate remains 4.8%, based on more than 395,600 tests conducted since the pandemic began.

McLean County has reported 241 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

COVID vaccines

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported about 172,300 COVID vaccines have been administered in McLean County. The county’s rate of fully vaccinated is 49.3%. The state vaccination rate is 51.4%.

MCHD public affairs coordinator Marianne Manko said areas with low vaccination rates are experiencing rapidly increasing COVID cases. She addressed safety concerns the vaccine hesitant may have.

“Millions of people have now been vaccinated. New data show that a small number of vaccinated people can be infected by the Delta variant in a breakthrough infection and may be contagious, but these cases represent a very small amount of transmission occurring around the country,” Manko said.

MCHD has a schedule of vaccination clinics on its website.

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Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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