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McLean County returns to a high level of COVID community spread

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Emily Bollinger
The McLean County Health Department reported 388 new coronavirus cases in the last week.

McLean County has been elevated to a high community level for COVID-19 after several weeks at medium, based on data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

High transmission means there's a risk the health care system could be strained. In areas with high transmission, the CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public spaces, regardless of vaccination status.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported a rise in new COVID hospitalizations in the last week — to 18, or 10.6 per 100,000 residents. That’s up from 8.9 per 100,000 residents last week.

New cases in the county are at a near three-month low of 388. The largest share of new cases is involves adults in their 20s and 30s.

McLean is one 28 Illinois counties under high transmission, along with Peoria and Champaign counties in central Illinois. Most other neighboring counties are at medium level. The CDC recommends masking for the elderly and immunocompromised in these communities.

Livingston County is at a low level of community transmission.

McLean County’s seven-day testing positivity rate is 25.8% through July 7; the county has reported 381 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

The county’s rate of fully vaccinated is 65.2%. The rate among children ages 5 to 11 is 40.2%. MCHD has started to accept COVID immunizations for children ages 6 months to 5 years.

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