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WGLT's reporting on the coronavirus pandemic, which began in McLean County in March 2020.

McLean County Tops 600 COVID Cases; Active Cases Rise

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The McLean County Health Department announced 10 new COVID-19 cases on Friday.

McLean County saw a slight uptick in active coronavirus cases Friday as the county announced 10 new cases, while seven patients have recovered.
The new cases put the county’s total of confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic at 608. According to the McLean County Health Department (MCHD), the county has 103 active cases, including one person in the hospital and 102 isolating at home.

The county has had 15 COVID-related deaths while 490 people have been released from isolation and are considered recovered.

McLean County’s seven-day positivity rate held steady at 2% Friday, while the cumulative positivity rate since the start of the pandemic remains 2.1% based on more than 28,700 tests.

The COVID-19 testing site at the Interstate Center in Bloomington has averaged a record 634 daily tests this week. The site is open to the general public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

McLean County has reached double digits in new cases four consecutive days. This comes as Bloomington-Normal public schools have moved all instruction online for the start of the fall semester and Gov. JB Pritzker has moved to strengthen compliance on use of face coverings by seeking fines against businesses that don’t enforce the state’s mask mandate.

Pritzker also announced 13 counties, including Tazewell, are at the warning level based on increased positivity rates and hospital admissions. 

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