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

McLean County's Newest COVID Cases Spread Across Many Age Groups

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Emily Bollinger
McLean County's COVID-19 positivity rate is 4.1%, down from a peak of 12.5% over Labor Day weekend. McLean County's rate is now comparable or lower than national and statewide averages.

McLean County's COVID-19 testing positivity rate continued to fall Sunday, as public health officials reported community spread across many age groups.

The county's positivity rate is now 4.1%, down from a peak of 12.5% over Labor Day weekend. McLean County's rate is now comparable, or lower, than national and statewide averages. As a result of the declining positivity rate, the county has been removed from the Illinois Department of Public Health's "warning" level list.

McLean County reported 43 new COVID cases on Sunday. The bulk of those cases were people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, according to the county health department.

Illinois State University reported one new positive test result for a student on Sunday--from only five new tests. ISU has tested only 813 students in the past week, according to its data dashboard; its weekly target is 1,500. ISU will soon begin requiring on-campus students to get tested, which is expected to boost surveillance testing numbers.

ISU's testing positivity rate (7-day average) is 3.9%, down from a peak of over 20% during the back-to-school surge.

There are now 576 active cases in McLean County, including seven people hospitalized (unchanged from Saturday), and two in intensive care. The rest (569) are isolating at home.

Those 576 active cases represent the lowest number since Aug. 29, as the ISU outbreak worsened.


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