County Sees 18th COVID Death; ISU Adds 10 More Cases | WGLT

County Sees 18th COVID Death; ISU Adds 10 More Cases

Sep 10, 2020

An 18th McLean County resident has died after contracting COVID, officials said Thursday.

The man, in his 70s, had underlying health conditions, said the McLean County Health Department.

Illinois State University reported 10 new student cases on Thursday, bringing its total to 1,331, which is more than 6% of the student body. That’s a higher percentage than many other Midwest public universities. ISU’s testing positivity rate over the past week is 13.9%.

The University of Iowa also has been hard-hit, with 1,621 student cases. Iowa is much larger, however, so that’s still only 5.2% of the student body. Missouri State (19,700 students) is comparably sized to ISU (20,700 students). Missouri State has seen about 821 students test positive, or 4.2% of its student body. About 3.8% of students at Mizzou have contracted COVID-19.

Illinois Wesleyan University has reported 97 student cases, or about 5% of the student body.

Countywide, 35 new cases were reported Thursday. There are now seven people hospitalized, including two in intensive care. There are 1,330 other people isolating at home with active cases.

Of the 35 new cases, about half were college-aged people between the ages of 18 and 29. But McLean County also has seen 27 children (babies through age 17) testing positive in the past five days.

The county’s testing positive rate (7-day average) rose to 10.2%.

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