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

MCHD Reports 2 More COVID Deaths; Extra Vaccines Going To Students

Dana Vollmer
Extra doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will go to students at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University, according to the McLean County Health Department. A mobile National Guard unit is helping ISU's on-site vaccinations.

Two more McLean County residents have died from COVID-19 complications, as the county climbs past 16,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

The latest fatalities are two men—one in his 40s and the other in his 60s. Neither was associated with a long-term care facility. The death toll from the pandemic is now up to 210.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) added 48 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 16,041 since last March. The county’s testing positivity rate dropped to 5.2%— down one-half of a percentage point overnight.

The number of McLean County residents hospitalized with COVID held at 43. Just 1% of all Bloomington-Normal hospital beds are open. That’s the most constricted bed capacity since MCHD started reporting those figures last November. Intensive care bed use remained at 96%.

COVID vaccines

An additional 2,835 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in McLean County in the past day. That shatters the previous single-day record (2,218) set the day before.

Just under 84,000 total doses have been administered in McLean County. More than 30,700 residents are fully vaccinated. That’s about 18% of the population. The statewide average for fully-vaccinated residents is just over 20%.

The extra 3,500 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine received by McLean County 0n Wednesday will be targeted for students of Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities. MCHD announced the following clinics for students:

Friday, April 9 -- An additional COVID-19 vaccine clinic has been added at Bone Student Center to dispense 700 J&J single-dose vaccines to ISU students only.

Monday, April 12 -- An additional MCHD vaccine clinic has been added at Bone to dispense 1,400 J&J single-dose vaccines to ISU students only.

Tuesday, April 13 -- An additional clinic will be offered at the IWU's Shirk Center to dispense 400 J&J single-dose vaccines to IWU students only.

Registration isavailable on MCHD’s website.

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