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McLean County Testing Positivity Rate Drops To 5.4%; 133 New Cases Reported

Emily Bollinger

McLean County’s COVID-19 caseload and testing positivity rate continue to improve, as the region moves into less restrictive Phase 4 mitigations.The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) on Monday reported 133 new confirmed and probable cases, as the rolling testing positivity rate dropped to 5.4%—the lowest level since Nov. 1.

Hospitalizations and bed capacity held mostly steady over the weekend. There are 22 people from McLean County hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s one more patient than Friday. About one in five hospital beds are available (21%). That includes more than 30% of intensive care beds.

The active caseload sits at 561, with 539 people isolating at home. An additional 175 people are now considered recovered.

More than 8,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in McLean County, according to health department Administrator Jessica McKnight. That’s up about 500 over the weekend.

No new deaths were reported. The death toll stands at 146.

Long-term care facilities

There are now 13 open COVID-19 outbreaks at McLean County nursing homes, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). That’s one additional open outbreak since the last reporting period.

Heritage Health of Normal continues to hold the record for deadliest outbreak with 150 confirmed cases and 23 deaths reported. However, those numbers are unchanged from IDPH’s previous reporting period.

The McLean County Nursing Home added 11 new confirmed cases and three new deaths over the last week. That brings the current total to 100 cases and 15 deaths during the facility’s second outbreak.

The 11 remaining open outbreaks are reported at the following facilities:

  • Arcadia Care Bloomington/Aperion (74 cases, 6 deaths)
  • Bickford of Bloomington (4 cases, 0 deaths)
  • Bloomington Rehab (8 cases, 1 death)—1 previous outbreak
  • Carriage Crossing Senior Living (4 cases, 0 deaths)
  • Evergreen Supportive Living (11 cases, 0 deaths)
  • Heritage Health Bloomington (8 cases, 0 deaths)
  • Luther Oaks (8 cases, 1 death)—2 previous outbreaks
  • Sugar Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care (44 cases, 11 deaths)
  • The Lofts (51 cases, 11 deaths)
  • Village of Mercy Creek (4 cases, 0 deaths)
  • Westminster Village (63 cases, 10 deaths)

Another 10 outbreaks are considered closed. That means no new cases have been confirmed in the last month.
There have now been 742 COVID-19 cases tied to McLean County nursing homes and 106 deaths, according to IDPH data. Long-term facilities account for about 5.5% of overall cases, but 72.6% of deaths reported since the start of the pandemic.

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