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

MCHD Reports 8 More COVID Deaths, Most From Nursing Homes

Eight more McLean County residents have died from COVID-19 complications, after about a week and a half without a reported fatality.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) announced the deaths on Tuesday. They include a woman in her 50s who did not live in a long-term care facility, as well as two women—one in her 80s and another in her 90s—and five men in their 90s who did.

This brings the county’s death toll since the start of the pandemic to 160. More than 58% have been long-term care facility residents. All but 25 were in their 70s or older.

MCHD also reported 39 new confirmed or probable COVID cases, as therolling testing positivity rate ticked up to 4.2%.

There are now 18 people from McLean County hospitalized with COVID--down from 20 on Monday. Hospital capacity held steady overnight, with 54% of intensive care beds in use and 26% of total beds open.

Another 314 people are isolating at home. The active caseload continues to drop, down to 332 as of Tuesday. An additional 70 people are now considered recovered, according to MCHD testing data.

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