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3 more COVID deaths in McLean County; transmission remains low

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Emily Bollinger

McLean County reports three more COVID-related deaths as new cases and hospitalizations continue to drop.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) said Friday the three deaths include a woman in her 80s, a man in his 80s and another man in his 90s. None was associated with a long-term care facility.

That brings the county's COVID-19 death toll to 398 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Weekly coronavirus cases in the county are at a six-month month low, at 137. The largest share of new cases involve young adults in their 20s and 30s. The county has topped 60,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began.

McLean County remains at low COVID transmission, based on data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to MCHD, McLean County saw 2.7 new hospital admissions for COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over the seven-day period that ended Tuesday. That’s less than half of the previous week’s total (6.6).

McLean County continues to see an increase in COVID vaccinations as the new bivalent vaccine is available. More than 1,900 vaccine doses have been administered in the last week, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Data from IDPH show 63.5% of McLean County residents are fully vaccinated. The statewide vaccination rate is 65.7%.

Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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