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McLean County reports 13 COVID-related deaths in October, the highest monthly total since February

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The McLean County Health Department has reported 13 COVID-related deaths in October.

McLean County is reporting its 13th COVID-related death in October. That's the highest monthly total since last winter, when COVID vaccines access was greatly limited.

The McLean County Health Department reported Friday the latest death was in a man in his 50s, who was not associated with long-term care. There have been 270 COVID-related deaths in McLean County since the start of the pandemic.

Thirteen McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID. That’s unchanged from Thursday. Bloomington-Normal hospitals are still operating at close to capacity, despite the drop in COVID hospitalizations.

About 55.2% of McLean County residents are fully vaccinated, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Campus vaccinations

Illinois State University's student vaccination rate is 79%, according to data on its COVID dashboard. That rate has increased just 1% since last week. The rate is higher (86%) among students who live on campus. Ninety-three percent of ISU faculty and staff are vaccinated. There have been 23 new coronavirus cases reported on the ISU campus in the last week and 292 cases this semester.

Illinois Wesleyan University reported its COVID vaccination rate among staff is 94%, according to the university’s COVID dashboard. The student vaccination rate is higher, at 96%. The university reported its first positive coronavirus test in over a month. There have been 93 coronavirus cases on the IWU campus since the start of the fall semester.

Students, faculty and staff at colleges and universities are required to get the COVID vaccine or submit to weekly testing.

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