McLean County reports its 1st COVID death under age 30
A man in his 20s has become the youngest person to die of COVID-19 in McLean County.
The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) on Friday announced two more deaths due to COVID-19 complications. The other was a man in his 90s, who was in long-term care.
The county has reported eight COVID-related deaths in November and 283 deaths since the start of the pandemic. MCHD reported 421 people are isolating at home. That's the county's highest total since September.
Fourteen McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19, while Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center report they have 23 COVID patients receiving care. That’s the highest total of COVID patients in the two facilities since Oct. 15. The two hospitals report 94% of their beds are occupied, including 88% of their intensive care beds.
McLean County’s seven-day testing positivity rate rose to 3.1%, it’s highest mark since Sept. 22, according to data from MCHD and compiled by WGLT.
Illinois State University also has seen a rise in new coronavirus cases. It's weekly total of 50 new cases among students, according to its COVID dashboard, is ISU’s highest total of the fall semester.
COVID vaccinations have stalled on campus with 79% of ISU students and 92% of faculty and staff vaccinated. Those numbers are essentially unchanged over the last month.
Illinois Wesleyan University’s COIVD dashboard indicates one new positive case in the last week; 96% of students are at least partially vaccinated.