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Active COVID cases keep dropping as McLean County reports 2 more deaths

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Eric Stock
A sign on the Illinois State University campus indicates face masks are required due to COVID-19.


McLean County health officials reported two more COVID-related deaths on Tuesday.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) said a man in his 50s and a woman in her 90s died. There have been 339 COVID-related deaths in McLean County, including 28 reported since the start of the new year.

Bloomington-Normal hospitalizations increased since Monday to 38, and hospitals have nearly run out of beds again. Carle BroMenn and OSF St. Joseph medical centers indicated to the health department they are at 98% capacity and 85% of intensive care beds remain full. Twenty-seven McLean County residents remain hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s unchanged in the last day.

Caseload keeps falling

Meanwhile, the county's active caseload has dropped 72% in the last three weeks. MCHD indicated 1,643 people are isolating at home. The county’s seven-day testing positivity rate rose a half point to 7.8% since Monday.
McLean County averaged more than 4,800 daily coronavirus tests in the last week. That does not include home tests, for which there is no data. That marks an increase over the previous week.

The county’s vaccination rate is 59.1%. According to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and compiled by WGLT, the county fell to its lowest total of weekly vaccinations (2,419) since Oct. 19.

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