CDC moves McLean County to medium risk level after rise in new COVID cases
An increase in coronavirus cases has pushed McLean County into a medium risk level for COVID-19 spread, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
McLean is one of four Illinois counties with the medium designation, along with DeWitt, Champaign and DuPage. The rest are all considered low risk.
The CDC strongly recommends people in areas where the community level is medium to consider wearing masks in indoor places if they are considered high risk of spreading COVID-19, or if they have high-risk members in their household.
McLean County added 397 coronavirus cases in the last week, said the McLean County Health Department (MCHD). The largest numbers involve people in their 20s and young children.
The county's positivity rate increased to 8%.
The county reported four new hospital admissions due to COVID-19 in the last week, but only about 1% of inpatients beds are being used by COVID-19 patients, according to MCHD.
No new deaths have been reported in the county that has reported 366 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), 62.2% of McLean County residents are fully vaccinated. The rate among children ages 5 to 11 is 37.8%.