MCHD Reports 62 More COVID Cases; Posivity Rate Stays Below 3% | WGLT

MCHD Reports 62 More COVID Cases; Posivity Rate Stays Below 3%

Feb 22, 2021

McLean County health officials are reporting 62 new coronavirus infections, as the county’s testing positivity rate held mostly steady at 2.8%.

The new cases were found in a batch of about 2,200 test results returned over the weekend, according to data from the McLean County Health Department (MCHD). The total caseload since the start of the pandemic is now 14,382 with a cumulative testing positivity rate of 6.1%.

Currently, there are 21 people from McLean County hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of one patient since Friday. Fewer than one in four intensive care beds (23%) and about one in 10 medical beds (12%) are open. ICU bed use is up more than 10% since the start of the weekend.

Another 195 people are isolating at home, while an additional 90 people are now considered recovered. The active caseload is the lowest since mid-October.

No new deaths were reported. The McLean County death toll stands at 170.

More than 27,700 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in McLean County, according to MCHD data. That’s up about 1,700 over the weekend. State data indicates more than 7,300 county residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses. That’s about 4.25% of the population--slightly behind the statewide rate of 4.48%.

The seven-day rolling average of COVID vaccines administered in McLean County is 538, according to figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

MCHD Administrator Jessica McKnight said none of the four second-dose vaccination clinics planned for this week have been canceled. However, the health department is still waiting for some vaccine shipments delayed by last week’s severe winter weather.

The clinics scheduled this week are:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, at the Grossinger Motors Arena in downtown Bloomington
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC) in Normal
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 at Grossinger 
  • Friday, Feb. 26 at the ARC

McKnight said second doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines should be administered as close to the recommended schedule as possible, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. However, she said if that is not possible, second doses may be administered up to six weeks after the first.

Shet said people who were scheduled to get their second dose on Friday at Grossinger Motors Arena will be contacted to reschedule their appointment via the email used to schedule their first dose, or through the health department’s COVID call center.

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She said other updates on vaccination clinic cancelations will be posted to the health department’s social media pages.

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