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McLean County Reports Another COVID Death, Rising Hospitalizations

Emily Bollinger

McLean County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and death toll continue to climb.

The latest death is a woman in her 50s who was not associated with a long-term care facility. Her death brings the county’s total since the start of the pandemic to 214.

The McLean County Health Department reports 53 county residents are hospitalized with COVID complications—up two patients overnight. That figure has been on the rise for the past month. The new record (53 people) is more than double the hospitalizations in mid-March, which held around 23 patients.

Bloomington-Normal hospital bed capacity improved overnight. Currently, 5% of beds are open. Intensive care bed use has stayed at 88% for the past three days.

MCHD added 71 new confirmed or probable COVID cases Thursday. That brings the county’s total to 16,547 since the start of the pandemic.

The county’s testing positivity rate bounced back up to 5.7%. The active caseload continues to rise. It is now 646, with 593 people isolating at home. An additional 42 people are now considered recovered.

More than 99,000 COVID vaccine doses have been administered in McLean County, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. That’s an increase of about 2,300 doses in the past day.

Just under 41,000 county residents are now fully vaccinated—or 23.72% of the population. McLean County is about half a percentage point behind the statewide average.

Registration for new, first-dose appointments is now open 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.
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