County's Testing Positivity Rate Ticks Up As Record 28 New Cases Reported | WGLT

County's Testing Positivity Rate Ticks Up As Record 28 New Cases Reported

Aug 1, 2020

McLean County health officials cautioned against travel and large gatherings again Saturday as 28 new coronavirus cases were reported—the most ever for a single day.

The county's testing positivity rate also ticked up, to 2.1%, after several days on the decline. It's still lower than the statewide (3.9%) and national (8%) averages.

There are now 106 active cases in McLean County. That includes three people who are hospitalized, and 103 others isolating at home, according to the McLean County Health Department.

About 27% of McLean County's 541 cases to date have been people in their 20s—by far the most for any age group.

"We are at a critical point in our response to the COVID pandemic," health department Administrator Jessica McKnight reiterated. "To keep our county moving forward and to keep our economy open it is going to take a community effort. We all need to continue working together and doing what we can to protect our friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers."

Meanwhile, the drive-thru testing site at the Interstate Center in Bloomington remains open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The site, run by Pekin-based Reditus Labs, tested a record 669 people on Friday, according to the McLean County Emergency Management Agency.

The site has tested, on average, more than 600 people every day this week. In early June, it was only testing about 70 people per day.

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