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McLean County rises to high community level for COVID-19

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Emily Bollinger
The McLean County Health Department reported 495 new coronavirus cases and three deaths over the last week.

McLean County has moved to a high community level of COVID-19 spread, according to data released from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on Friday. McLean County had been in the medium transmission rate for weeks.

Most of the 19 counties with a high community level are in northern and central Illinois, including Logan, Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties. Thirty-one counties are at a medium level.

High transmission rates in the community trigger recommendations people wear masks in public indoor spaces and avoid crowds regardless of vaccination status.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 495 new coronavirus cases since May 27. That’s lower than each of the last five weeks. Young adults (ages 20-39) make up the largest share of new cases at 37%.

MCHD also reported three new COVID-related deaths: a man in his 80s, another man in his 90s, and a woman in her 70s. One of the men was associated with a long-term care facility.

McLean County has reported 377 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), McLean County saw 15.1 new hospital admissions of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents in the seven days ending May 31. That’s an increase from 9.3 the county reported last week. IDPH said more than 1,200 Illinois residents are in the hospital with COVID and 114 are in intensive care units.

McLean County’s COVID vaccination rate is 62.7%, according to IDPH. The statewide percentage of fully vaccinated residents is 65%.

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