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McLean County reports 6 weekly COVID deaths as hospitalizations continue to fall

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Emily Bollinger

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) is reporting six new COVID-related deaths in the county this week as COVID hospitalizations continue to drop following the omicron peak.

The two deaths the county reported Wednesday were of a man in his 50s and a man in his 70s. The four deaths reported Tuesday were all men; one in his 50s, two in their 80s and one in his 90s. One of the men in his 80s was associated with long-term care.

The county has reported 357 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic, including 20 so far in February.

McLean County Health Department COVID-19 data
McLean County Health Department
The McLean County Health Department reported 110 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

Carle BroMenn and OSF St. Joseph medical centers have eight COVID patients receiving care. That’s less than half the total the county reported last Friday.

Twenty-two McLean County residents are still hospitalized with COVID-19. Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria reported Tuesday it is treating four COVID patients.

McLean County’s seven-day testing positivity rate increased to 2.1% on Wednesday following a one-day increase. The county’s active caseload also saw a one-day rise to 626.

Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health indicate the county’s rate of fully vaccinated is 61.3%. The state mark is 63.4%. Children ages 5 to 11 in the county are vaccinated at a 34.8% clip.

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