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McLean County reports its 299th COVID-related death as hospitalizations increase

A sign outside an business in Uptown Normal urges people to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Eric Stock
A sign outside a business in Uptown Normal urges people to wear a mask to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

A woman in her 70s is the latest McLean County resident to die of COVID-19 complications, according to a daily COVID update provided by the McLean County Health Department (MCHD).

McLean County Health Department COVID-19 data
McLean County Health Department
The McLean County Health Department reported 192 daily coronavirus cases on Tuesday.

The woman was not associated with a long-term care facility. Her death is the 299th reported in the county since the start of the pandemic.

Thirty-two McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19 — up two since Monday. Ninety-nine percent of hospital beds in Bloomington-Normal are full, while 92% of intensive care beds in the community are in use.

MCHD said 1,075 McLean County residents are isolating at home. McLean County’s seven-day COVID testing positivity rate rose to 6.8%.

COVID vaccinations

More than 37,000 McLean County residents have received their booster shot against COVID-19, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). That's about 22% of the population. The percentage of fully vaccinated people in McLean County is 57.8%, below the statewide figure of 60%.

McLean County saw a drop in COVID vaccinations for the week of Dec. 14-20 when nearly 5,900 doses were put in arms. That follows two consecutive weeks of more than 6,000 vaccinations.

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