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McLean County tops 26,000 coronavirus cases while hospitalizations jump to 31

Carle Bromenn Hospital
Emma Shores
Thirty-one McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19.

McLean County reached 26,000 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, barely a week after the county amassed 25,000 cases.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) on Tuesday indicated 31 McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s up from 25 on Monday. Bloomington-Normal hospital beds are at 98% capacity, including 88% of intensive care beds.

McLean County Health Department COVID-19 data
McLean County Health Department
The McLean County Health Department reported 184 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

McLean County has topped 1,000 active coronavirus cases for the first time since January. The county reported 184 daily coronavirus cases and said 1,052 people are isolating at home.

There have been 290 COVID-related deaths reported among McLean County residents since the start of the pandemic.

The county's seven-day testing positivity rate rose to 6.8%.

Vaccinations increase

Meanwhile, more than 6,500 COVID vaccine doses were put into arms in McLean County in the last week. That's the county's highest weekly total since May as young kids get the shot and more adults get their boosters.

The county's rate of fully vaccinated is 57%. That's up 1% in the last month and trails the state average of 58.8%

About 1,300 children ages 5-to-11 in McLean County have become fully vaccinated. That's 9% of that population.

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