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McLean County Adds 144 COVID-19 Cases; Hospital Stays Increase

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Jenny Kane
Twelve McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19.

McLean County’s coronavirus surge continued over the weekend with 144 new cases being reported — the highest weekend total the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) has reported since April.

More people also are getting tested in McLean County as concerns about the highly contagious Delta variant take hold. The positive tests come from a batch of about 3,700 tests returned since Friday. The county’s seven-day testing positivity rate dropped to 4.1%, even as the county's active caseload approaches 400 for the first time since early May.

The county also saw an increase in hospitalizations among McLean County residents — from nine to 12 since Friday. Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center report they have 21 COVID-19 patients under their care.

MCHD said 381 McLean County residents are isolating at home, while 68 people were released from quarantine over the weekend and 18,892 people have been considered recovered since the start of the pandemic.

McLean County has reported 242 COVID-related deaths since March 2020.

COVID vaccines

Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health show 176,643 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in McLean County. The county’s rate of fully vaccinated has topped 51%. The statewide vaccination rate is 52%.

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