McLean County health officials announced 17 new coronavirus cases on Monday.
That marks a 55% increase in new cases in the county over the last week.
McLean County Health Department administrator Jessica McKnight said there could be several reasons for the recent surge.
“It is really too early to tell if there’s a direct correlation between increased testing, or if we are seeing relaxed social distancing,” McKnight said. “We just know the virus is in the community and that’s why the encourage the public to continue being vigilant.”
Two of the newest coronavirus cases are tied to the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. The nursing home has 45 cases, including 29 among residents. Three residents have died.
McKnight said all residents and staff at the facility have been tested for the coronavirus following the outbreak, but there isn't any proactive testing at other long-term care facilities locally because the state is only doing that in hot spot areas.
“There aren’t any that are receiving that increased attention from the (Illinois Department of Public Health), but we’re in constant contact with all of our long-term care facilities,” McKnight said. “Our communicable disease staff is regularly checking in with them. They are regularly checking in with us.”
McLean County has a total of 187 coronavirus cases; 74 of them are active, marking a new high. Nine residents are hospitalized and 65 are in home isolation. Six patients have died and 107 residents have recovered.
The state of Illinois reported 2,294 COVID-19 cases and 57 deaths on Monday, bringing the overall statewide totals to 96,485 cases and 4,234 deaths.
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