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McLean County reports 4 COVID deaths; returns to medium COVID transmission

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Emily Bollinger

McLean County has risen to medium community level COVID-19 transmission.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) on Friday reported four COVID-related deaths in the last two weeks. They include two women in their 60s, a man in his 70s and a woman in her 80s. None were associated with long-term care.

There have been 408 COVD-related deaths in McLean County since the start of the pandemic.

New coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are on the rise, compared with the last time the county released COVID data on Nov. 18. The county reported 513 new coronavirus cases and a rate of new COVID hospital admissions at 11.1 per 100,000 residents. That’s up from 6.2 per 100,000 residents two weeks ago.

For counties at medium level COVID transmission, people who are elderly or at-risk of severe complications are advised to wear a mask in indoor public places, regardless of vaccination status.

Much of central Illinois is at medium. Logan County has high COVID transmission.

“As we enter December and the weather continues to get colder, Illinois is beginning to see an anticipated increase in COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses such as the flu,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra. “Please continue to take all preventative measure to protect yourself, your family, and friends, especially very young children and individuals over 65 who are most vulnerable to severe outcomes.

Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health show McLean County’s rate of fully vaccinated is 63.9%. The statewide rate is 66%.

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