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Young Adults, Children Lead In New Coronavirus Cases In McLean County

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Eric Stock
A sign on the Illinois State University campus indicates face masks are required due to COVID-19.

Young adults and children are driving the coronavirus surge in McLean County.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 71 daily cases Wednesday and 400 new cases for the week. That's the highest weekly total since April.

McLean County Health Department COVID data
McLean County Health Department
The McLean County Health Department announced 71 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

People in their 20s and 30s make up the largest share of new cases. More than 50 people who tested positive for the coronavirus are under age 12, the minimum age to receive the COVID vaccine. The case breakdown by age is:

  • 0-11 (53 cases)
  • 12-17 (28)
  • 18-19 (33)
  • 20-29 (97)
  • 30-39 (60)
  • 40-49 (40)
  • 50-59 (45)
  • 60-69 (24)
  • 70-79 (14)
  • 80-89 (6)
  • 90-99 (0)
  • 100+ (0)

Twenty-one McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19. That's up from 13 on Tuesday and the county’s highest hospitalization total since May. Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center report they have 28 COVID patients under their care.

More than 400 McLean County residents are isolating at home. The county has 427 active coronavirus cases, the county’s highest since May 3. Fifty people were released from isolation overnight, while 18,998 people are considered recovered from COVID-19.

The 71 new cases came from a batch of about 2,200 new cases returned overnight. The county’s seven-day testing positivity rate dipped to 4.5%. The county’s cumulative positivity rate is 4.8%, based on more than 411,100 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic.

COVID vaccinations

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 177,175 COVID vaccine doses have been distributed in McLean County, with 51.2% of McLean County residents considered fully vaccinated. The state vaccination rate is 52.1%.

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