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

MCHD Reports 3 More COVID Deaths, Including Man In His 40s

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Three more McLean County residents have died from COVID-19 complications, the McLean County Health Department reported Wednesday.

The deaths include a man in his 40s who was not associated with a long-term care facility and was not reported to have underlying health conditions. Just eight other people under the age of 60 have died since mid-March.

Two men in their 80s—one living in long-term care and the other who was not—also died. The county's death toll since the start of the pandemic is now 134.

Health officials reported 86 new confirmed cases, as the county’s testing positivity rate rose slightly to 9.1%.

Meanwhile, the number of McLean County residents hospitalized dropped to 23 overnight, down from 34 on Tuesday. However, hospital bed capacity did not improve. There are still just 8% of overall beds open. Intensive care bed use is at 73%.

Another 862 people are isolating at home. The active caseload continues to drop to its lowest level since early November.

Region 2, which includes McLean County, could move back to Tier 2 mitigations as soon as Friday. That would allow for some looser restrictions on things like indoor recreation and retail shops, but would not allow indoor dining to resume.

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