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MCHD Reports 26 COVID Cases; Hospital Capacity Drops

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The McLean County Health Department reported 26 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases Wednesday, marking the lowest single-day total since the start of February.

The county’s rolling testing positivity rate dropped nearly a percentage point, down to 3.4%. That's the lowest it's been since Oct. 20.

However, hospital capacity tightened overnight. Intensive care bed use is up about 10%, with 65% of ICU beds filled. Overall bed capacity was cut in half; just 11% of all hospital beds are open.

The number of people from McLean County hospitalized with COVID held at 18. Bloomington-Normal hospitals are caring for 21 COVID patients total.

The active caseload also held steady, with 315 people isolating at home. An additional 25 people are now considered recovered.

Wednesday’s cases were found in a batch of about 2,000 test results returned overnight, according to MCHD data.

The health department reminds residents that testing remains an important tool in limiting the spread of the coronavirus. MCHD encourages those who attended a Super Bowl party with people outside of their immediate household to get tested 5-7 days after the gathering.

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