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County Adds 124 COVID Cases; B-N Hospitals Nearly Full

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Jenny Kane
Bloomington-Normal hospitals are at 96% capacity as of Monday.

Bloomington-Normal hospitals remain nearly full following an apparent surge in COVID-related hospitalizations.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center are 96% full, including 96% of intensive care beds. The two hospitals have 48 COVID patients under their care. That's up from 31 reported on Friday.

MCHD said 21 McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19. That's down from 22 on Friday. The county reported 124 new coronavirus cases since Friday to bring its total of confirmed and probable cases to 17,646. MCHD said 453 people are isolating at home after testing positive for the coronavirus and an additional 186 people have been released from quarantine after completing their time in isolation since Friday. The county indicates 16,964 people are considered recovered.

McLean County’s seven-day testing positivity rate dropped a full point over the weekend to 4.2% and the county’s cumulative testing positivity rate held at 5.5%, based on more than 322,200 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.The county has reported 218 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

COVID vaccines

More than 123,200 COVID vaccines have been administered in McLean County. About 31.5% of the county’s population is considered fully vaccinated. That trails the state rate of 32.3%.

In addition to the county’s regular clinics at Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington, the health department has scheduled a mobile clinic on Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hudson Fire Department. MCHD plans to administer the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at that clinic.

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