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MCHD Adds 3 COVID Deaths; 25 New Cases

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Emily Bollinger
The McLean County Health Department reports three more COVID-related deaths and five additional hospitalizations Wednesday.

Three more McLean County residents have died from COVID-19 complications, ending a nearly two-week streak with no new deaths reported.

The death toll since the start of the pandemic is now 173. Information on the age, gender and long-term care facility association of the latest victims was not immediately available.

On Wednesday, the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 25 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, as the county’stesting positivity rateticked up slightly to 2.1%.

Five more people are now hospitalized with COVID in McLean County, bringing the total to 22 patients. Overall hospital bed capacity in Bloomington-Normal is the most constricted it has been since early December with only 3% of all beds open. Intensive care beds are 88% full.

Another 172 people are isolating at home, while 16 additional people have finished their time in isolation and are now considered recovered.

Wednesday’s cases were found in a batch of about 1,100 test results returned overnight. The total caseload since last March is now 14,581 with a cumulative testing positivity rate of 5.9%.

Today’s COVID vaccination clinic at the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC) in Normal was canceled due to a delayed vaccine shipment. Those appointments will be rescheduled.

A vaccination clinic scheduled for Thursday, March 4, at the Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington remains as scheduled. Those appointments are held by those eligible for first or second doses.

Around 36,000 doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered in McLean County, according to MCHD data. State figures show about 7% of the county’s population is fully vaccinated.

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