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McLean County reports 1,786 new COVID cases from the weekend and 4 more deaths

A sign at the entrance to the McLean County Health Department building requires all entrants to wear a face mask.
Eric Stock
A sign at the entrance to the McLean County Health Department building requires all entrants to wear a face mask.


McLean County health officials have reported 1,786 new coronavirus cases since Friday and four additional deaths.

Hospital bed capacity eased slightly in Bloomington-Normal, but the number of McLean County residents hospitalized with COVID-19 increased by three, to 49, over the weekend.

According to the McLean County Health Department (MCHD), the latest deaths include two people in their 60s — a man in his 70s and a woman in her 90s. The woman in her 90s was the only one of the four associated with a long-term care facility.

MCHD has reported 319 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, including 13 in the first 10 days of 2022. Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center report 94% of their beds are taken and 89% of intensive care beds are claimed. The hospitals report they have 65 COVID patients receiving care.

McLean County Health Department COVID-19 data
McLean County Health Department
The McLean County Health Department reported 1,786 new coronavirus cases and four additional deaths on Monday.

The two hospitals had no available ICU beds on Friday. The county indicated a record 5,796 people are isolating at home and 30,580 people are considered recovered after finishing their time in quarantine. McLean County’s seven-day testing positivity rate dropped to 19%, still above the state average.

The county’s rate of fully vaccinated is 58.6%, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) The state rate is 61.1%.

Campus cases

Illinois State University reported 535 new coronavirus cases over the last week as students, faculty and staff prepare for a delayed in-person return for the spring semester.

The campus testing positivity rate is 12.6% according to ISU’s online COVID dashboard.

University officials previously announced in-person instruction will resume Jan. 24. Students, faculty and staff are required to show a negative coronavirus test before returning to campus.

ISU also indicated 97% of faculty and staff are fully vaccinated. That’s an increase from 94% at the end of the fall semester. Seventy-seven percent of ISU students are fully vaccinated. That’s down from 79% in mid-December. The vaccination rate among students living on campus is higher (90%). Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must submit to weekly COVID testing.

Illinois Wesleyan University reported 100 new coronavirus cases on its COVID dashboard through baseline testing from Dec. 30-Jan. 6 as students and faculty returned to campus from the winter break. IWU said the student vaccination rate is 97%.

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