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Health officials report McLean County's 7th COVID death in February

 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 mask.

A man in his 80s is the latest COVID-related death in McLean County, according to the daily COVID-19 update from the McLean County Health Department (MCHD).

The county has reported seven COVID-related deaths in February even as active caseloads drop. There have been 344 COVID-related deaths in McLean County since the start of the pandemic.

Twenty-nine McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19. That's up three in the last day. Carle BroMenn and OSF St. Joseph medical centers have 25 COVID patients receiving care. That’s unchanged since Monday.

According to MCHD, 982 McLean County residents are isolating at home. The county’s seven-day testing positivity rate rose to 7.7%.

COVID vaccinations drop

According to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and compiled by WGLT, 1,068 COVID vaccines were administered in McLean County from Feb. 1-7. That's the fewest the county has seen during a one-week period since vaccines became widely available.

Access to vaccines may have been limited last week by the winter storm as many health clinics closed for several days.

McLean County’s rate of fully vaccinated is 59.8%. That compares with the state rate of 62.8%. IDPH data show about 54,700 COVID booster shots have been put in arms in McLean County, reflecting about 32% of the county's population.

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