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New COVID-19 Cases Up Slightly After Testing Slowdown

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The closure of the testing site run by Reditus Labs at Bloomington's Interstate Center, as well as on-campus testing sites for Illinois State University students, over the holiday weekend are likely creating a slowdown in new confirmed cases.

The McLean County Health Department logged 36 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday. That’s more than the previous day, but still the second lowest single-day total in the past three weeks.

A slowdown in testing over the holiday weekend is likely still causing a lag in new confirmed cases. Illinois State University’s on-campus testing sites for asymptomatic students were closed for four days straight in observance of Labor Day. The testing site at the Interstate Center was also closed Monday.

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The number of hospitalized patients held steady at eight, with two in intensive care. There are currently 1,330 people isolating at home, an increase of 19 over the past 24 hours.

Illinois State University reported three new positive COVID-19 tests among students. That brings the university’s total since the start of the semester to 1,321. ISU’s testing positivity rate (7-day rolling) currently sits at 13.7%.

The county’s testing positivity rate has dropped to 9.9%, after reaching a record 12.5% on Saturday.

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