McLean County health officials announced nine new coronavirus cases on Thursday and the death of a woman who died after being released following her time in isolation.
The nine new cases mark the highest-single day total in the county since May 18, during the outbreak at the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, where 10 people died and dozens of residents and staff became infected.
The McLean County Health Department has 299 confirmed COVID-19 cases. One patient is hospitalized and 32 are isolating at home. The county’s 33 active cases are the most since May 28.
The death announced Thursday is the 15th in McLean County since the start of the pandemic. According to McLean County Health Department administrator Jessica McKnight, the woman who died was in her 80s and has been previously included in the county’s confirmed case count. McKnight said the woman died last month after being released from isolation.
“The Illinois Department of Public Health is considering this a COVID-related death,” McKnight said.
The county health department did not provide additional information.
The 34 confirmed coronavirus cases in McLean County over the last week have pushed the county’s seven-day positivity rate from 0.9% to 2.6%. The county’s positivity rate since the start of the pandemic stands at 2%.
McLean County has surpassed 15,000 COVID-19 tests. A bulk of them have been done at the community-based testing site Interstate Center in Bloomington. The site has seen dramatically increased traffic in recent weeks, one of the reasons for the rise in active cases.
The site has averaged 247 tests per day since June 26, when Illinois moved to Phase 4 of its reopening plan.
The site is open to the general public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
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