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Young adults contribute to the latest rise in COVID cases in McLean County

COVID vaccination clinic GMA
Emily Bollinger
The McLean County Health Department will host a COVID vaccination clinic at Grossinger Motors Arena on Nov. 16 for 5-to-11-year-olds and a clinic on Nov. 18 for eligible adults.

McLean County is seeing a jump in new coronavirus cases, after six weeks of declines.

According to data from the McLean County Health Department (MCHD), the county averaged just over 50 daily cases in the last week. That's the county's highest total since September. MCHD reported 351 new cases from Nov. 3-9.

McLean County Health Department COVID-19 data
McLean County Health Department
The McLean County Health Department reported 351 coronavirus cases for the week of Nov. 3-9.

People in their 20s (82) and 30s (50) make up 38% of those new cases. Children under age 12 who just became eligible to receive the COVID vaccine account for 52 cases.

Fourteen McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, while Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center report they are 99% full and have 20 COVID patients receiving care.

MCHD indicated 361 people are isolating at home.

McLean County has reported five COVID-related deaths in the last week and 281 since the start of the pandemic.

The county’s seven-day testing positivity rate rose to 2.8%.

McLean County's rate of fully vaccinated is 55.4%, compared to the state rate of 57%, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

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