McLean County health officials announced five new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and one more hospitalization.
So far, the McLean County Health Department has confirmed 194 COVID-19 cases. The current number of 77 active cases marks a new high for the pandemic. Ten patients are hospitalized and 67 are in home isolation. Six patients have died and 111 have recovered.
The health department has not yet indicated where the new cases originated. A bulk of the county’s recent surge is attributed to an outbreak at the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, which has confirmed 46 coronavirus cases (including one outside McLean County) among 29 residents and 17 staff. Three residents of the facility have died.
Despite the nursing home outbreak, the coronavirus has afflicted younger adults in greater numbers in McLean County. Health department data shows 40 people in their 20s have contracted COVID-19.
McLean County health officials have said another possible factor for the increase in cases in increased testing. The mobile community-based testing site at the Interstate Center in west Bloomington has surged in the last week since the state announced it will be closing the site on Friday. The facility has administered nearly 200 tests per day since May 11.
McLean County health officials are lobbying the state to keep the site open and are exploring alternative testing sites.
The state of Illinois surpassed 100,000 coronavirus cases on Wednesday with a new daily total of 2,388 along and 147 deaths, including a Woodford County woman in her 90s. The Illinois Department of Public Health reports 100,418 cases and 4,525 deaths statewide.
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