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McLean County’s COVID numbers improve as CDC loosens protocols

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Emily Bollinger

New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations continue to fall in McLean County as the Centers for Disease Control relaxes its COVID-19 guidelines.

McLean County remains at medium COVID-19 community level, meaning people at high risk of COVID complications, or who have high risk people in their household, should consider wearing a mask in indoor public places.

McLean County Health Department COVID-19 data
McLean County Health Department
The McLean County Health Department reported 296 new coronavirus cases in the last week and one additional death.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 296 new coronavirus cases in the last week, marking a drop for the third consecutive week. The county reports 6.6 new hospitalizations per 100,000 residents. That also reflects a gradual decline over the last month.

McLean County has reported an additional COVID-related death — a woman in her 50s, who was not associated with a long-term care facility. There have been 388 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

On Thursday, the CDC announced a series of relaxed COVID protocols, including eliminating the 6-foot social distancing rule, no longer recommending routine COVID testing in schools, and no longer recommending quarantine for those who are exposed to the virus.

The CDC estimates 95% of the population has some immunity through vaccination or previous infections.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), 63.1% of McLean County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

MCHD spokesperson Marianne Manko said Friday the county is still waiting on new guidance expected from IDPH before it will comment on the changes.

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