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Hospital Capacity Improves, County Adds 32 COVID Cases

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The McLean County Health Department announced 32 new coronavirus cases on Thursday.

UPDATED 12:05 P.M. | Bloomington-Normal hospital capacity showed some improvement Thursday as McLean County health officials announced 32 new coronavirus cases.
The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) said 84% of hospital beds are in use, down from 92% the last two days. ICU beds are 73% full in Bloomington-Normal. Twenty-one McLean County residents are currently hospitalized with COVID symptoms.
 

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The McLean County Health Department announced 32 new coronavirus cases Thursday.

The county’s total of probable and confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 12,829. Currently, 854 McLean County residents are isolating at home and 11,820 people have completed their time in quarantine and are considered recovered.

The county’s COVID death toll remains 134, including 13 deaths reported this week.

The county’s rolling testing positivity rate rose to 9.8%, while the cumulative positivity rate stands at 6.6%, based on more than 192,900 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced 6,652 new coronavirus cases and 88 additional deaths on Thursday. 

The deaths include four people from Tazewell County--a man in his 70s, two women in their 80s and a man in his 80s. DeWitt County reported the death of a woman in her 70s.  Livingston County added the death of a woman in her 80s, while Piatt County reported a woman in her 90s also has died. 

Vaccine signups

MCHD has added links to its website that enables those in the Phase 1a and 1b vaccination groups to sign up for alerts about vaccine rollout.

The county is currently vaccinating frontline health care workers and long-term care facility residents included in 1a. Vaccine doses for essential workers and people 65 and older that are included in Phase 1b are expected to become available in the next few weeks.

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