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McLean County reports 2 elderly COVID deaths; stays at low transmission

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Emily Bollinger

McLean County remains at low COVID transmission as new hospitalizations drop.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) on Friday announced two more COVID-related deaths, the only two reported in 2023, so far. Both were women — one in her 80s, the other in her 90s. Both were associated with long-term care facilities.

There have been 417 COVID-related deaths reported in McLean County since the start of the pandemic.

Bloomington-Normal hospitals saw 4.4 new admissions per 100,000 residents. That’s down from 7.5 the previous week.

The county reported 128 new weekly coronavirus cases, up from 118 the week before. People in their 40s had the largest number of new cases (20) in the last week.

A majority of Illinois counties are at low transmission, while 25 are at medium level, including Ford, Logan, Peoria, and Tazewell in central Illinois. Hancock, Marion and Washington counties are the three Illinois counties at high level.

Communities at low level have more relaxed health guidelines, but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) still encourages anyone who is exposed to someone with COVID-19 to wear a mask.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 63.9% of McLean County residents are fully vaccinated.

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