County's COVID Numbers Show Improvement After College Surge | WGLT

County's COVID Numbers Show Improvement After College Surge

Sep 19, 2020

McLean County's COVID-19 numbers continued to improve Saturday, with hundreds of people moving into "recovered" status and the testing positivity rate falling again.

The county's positivity rate (7-day average) is now 4.6%, down from a peak of 12.5% over Labor Day weekend, according to the McLean County Health Department. The local positivity rate is now back below the national average (4.8%) for the first time since Aug. 22.

McLean County reported 29 new cases on Saturday. Of those, about half were people in their 20s. There were seven new people in their 40s testing positive.

Illinois State University reported 12 new student positive test results, bringing its total to 1,414. ISU's testing positivity rate (7-day average) is now 3.6%, down from a peak of above 20%. ISU is expected to soon begin requiring that all on-campus students get tested for the coronavirus. About 3,800 students live on campus, or 18% of the student body.

Fewer active cases

With hundreds more people moving into recovered status, McLean County now has 789 active cases. That includes 782 people isolating at home, and seven people hospitalized (unchanged from Friday). There are two people in intensive care.

The 789 active cases is the lowest it's been since Aug. 30, just as hundreds of ISU students were testing positive. That surge, which began soon after college students returned to Bloomington-Normal for the fall semester, has strained the county's contact tracing program.

That college surge has since subsided. In the past week, the health department says it's now seeing community spread of the virus across all age ranges.

The Interstate Center in Bloomington remains open for testing every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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