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McLean County's COVID caseload climbs with 673 weekly cases; 21 people are hospitalized

coronavirus under a microscope

McLean County’s active coronavirus caseload has reached its highest mark since January.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) announced 219 daily cases on Wednesday. Hospitalizations remain stable, but health officials have said hospitalizations and deaths are lagging indicators of coronavirus spread.

There have been 287 COVID-related deaths in McLean County since the start of the pandemic.

McLean County Health Department COVID-19 data
McLean County Health Department
The McLean County Health Department announced 219 coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

Twenty-one McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19; that’s up three from Tuesday. Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center report 98% of their beds are occupied.

MCHD said 725 people are isolating at home and 65 people were released from quarantine since Tuesday.

The county indicated 673 new coronavirus cases from since Nov. 24, making it the county’s highest weekly caseload since Jan. 8, when few people had received the COVID vaccine.

Children under age 12 make up the largest share of new cases (136). A small fraction of the 5-to-11 population is now fully vaccinated.

Children ages 17 and under make up nearly one-third of new cases. People in their 30s have the second largest share with 108 cases, followed by those in their 20s (94).

McLean County's seven-day testing positivity rate dipped to 8.1%.

The county reported 56.3% of residents are fully vaccinated, including nearly 60% of 12-to-17-year-olds.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.