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MCHD Confirms 50 New COVID Cases; Hospitalizations Continue To Climb

Emily Bollinger

The McLean County Health Department confirmed 50 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, as the county’s testing positivity rate dropped to its lowest level in more than a week.

The new cases were found in a batch of about 1,100 test results returned overnight. The county’s seven-day testing positivity rate is now 8.8%.

The number of hospitalizations continues to break records. There are now 40 McLean County residents hospitalized with COVID-19, up one from the day before. Hospitalizations have increased every day this week.

At the same time, hospital bed capacity tightened. The number of available intensive care beds and total beds dropped by about 10%.

McLean County’s active caseload is the lowest it’s been since early November. That number is 971, with 931 people isolating at home.

An additional 92 people are now considered recovered.

No new deaths were reported Thursday. The county's death toll stands at 116.

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