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McLean County COVID vaccinations fall to their lowest level of 2021 as new cases drop

McLean County has reached a new low for weekly COVID vaccinations.

According to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), just over 1,200 COVID vaccines were put into arms in McLean County over the last week. According to data from IDPH and compiled by WGLT, that's the county's lowest total since January, when vaccine eligibility was limited mostly to health care workers and long-term care residents.

Now 55% of McLean County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The rate has increased only 1% in the last three weeks, and it trails the state average of 56.3%

Vaccinations in McLean County are down 39% in the last two weeks. That came after a temporary rise in COVID vaccinations, which health officials attributed to the availability of booster shots and employee mandates.
Active coronavirus cases have dropped in the county to their lowest mark since early August. The McLean County Health Department reported 23 daily coronavirus cases on Tuesday, while 240 people are isolating at home and 18 McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19. That number is unchanged since Monday.

The county’s seven-day testing positivity rate held at 1.8%.

McLean County has reported 267 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

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