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

MCHD Confirms 10 More COVID Deaths; 30 Since Start Of 2021

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The McLean County Health Department is reporting 10 more COVID-19 related deaths and 278 new confirmed cases.

The new deaths include seven long-term care facility residents—a man in his 60s, another in his 70s, a woman in her 80s and four more women in their 90s. Two other men—one in his 70s and one in his 90s—and a woman in her 80s also died. They were not associated with a nursing home.

McLean County’s death toll since the start of the pandemic is now 131. This is the second Monday in a row that deaths reported over the weekend reached double digits.

There already have been 30 COVID-related deaths reported in the new year. December marked the deadliest month in 2020, with 51 COVID deaths.

The county’s 7-day rolling testing positivity rate dropped a full percentage point, to 10.1%.

Currently, there are 33 people from McLean County hospitalized with COVID-19, down one from last week. More hospital beds opened over the weekend. Intensive care bed use is at 65%, down from 73%. Overall bed capacity nearly doubled to 31%.

Another 1,157 McLean County residents are isolating at home. The county’s active caseload is the highest it has been since Dec. 21.

The McLean County Health Department is still scheduling vaccinations with medical workers included in Phase 1A of the vaccine rollout. Appointments are not yet available for frontline essential workers and people over the age of 65 under Phase 1B.

There have been over 323,000 vaccines given so far in Illinois.

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Dana Vollmer is a reporter with WGLT. Dana previously covered the state Capitol for NPR Illinois and Peoria for WCBU.