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COVID Hospitalizations Increase In McLean County; Positivity Rate Drops

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Eric Stock
The McLean County Health Department reported three more COVID-related deaths on Friday.

The latest COVID numbers from the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) show hospitalizations are on the rise again, but there are some signs of improvement.

As of Monday, 28 McLean County residents are in the hospital with COVID-19. That's up two from Friday. Hospital bed capacity remains limited. Carle BroMenn and OSF St. Joseph medical centers said they have 27 COVID patients receiving care and 87% of their hospital beds are in use, including 85% of intensive care beds.

Carle Health reported Monday 82% of COVID-19 patients at all of its facilities are not vaccinated, while 86% of its ICU patients have not received the COVID vaccine. Peoria-based OSF HealthCare also has indicated more than 80% of its COVID patients are not vaccinated.

McLean County added 135 new coronavirus cases over the weekend. Those positive tests came from about 6,900 tests. MCHD data show 160 people have been released from quarantine since Friday and 20,839 people are considered recovered from COVID-19.

The seven-day testing positivity rate dropped a half point to 3.1% in McLean County, while the county’s cumulative positivity rate dipped to 4.5% based on more than 475,400 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic.

McLean County has reported 252 COVID-related deaths since March 2020.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 184,100 COVID vaccine doses have been administered in McLean County. At 53.5%, the county trails the state vaccination rate by a full percentage point.

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