McLean County Adds 18 Cases; Testing Positivity Rate Ticks Up | WGLT

McLean County Adds 18 Cases; Testing Positivity Rate Ticks Up

Aug 4, 2020

McLean County has witnessed another resurgence in COVID-19 with 18 new cases reported on Tuesday, though the county’s coronavirus hospitalizations remain at two.

The McLean County Health Department announced 18 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.
Credit McLean County Health Department

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) said the county has 102 coronavirus patents isolating at home, while 451 have been released from isolation and are considered recovered. The county's count of confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic has risen to 570. 

There have been 15 COVID-19 related deaths. The last one was July 9.

The county’s seven-day testing positivity rate ticked up to 2%, while the county’s cumulative positivity rate holds at 2.1%, based on more than 26,700 tests.

MCHD Administrator Jessica McKnight continued to urge the public to wear face masks, just as the state of Illinois launches a $5 million marketing campaign promoting on the use of face coverings.

“Based on what we know of how respiratory viruses spread, and emerging evidence from clinical and laboratory studies, cloth face coverings can reduce the spray of droplets when worn over the nose and mouth,” McKnight said. “A cloth face covering can help prevent a person who is sick from spreading the virus to others. COVID-19 can also be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know that they are infected.”

The COVID-19 testing site at the Interstate Center in Bloomington continues to break daily records. The McLean County Emergency Management Agency said 718 people were tested at the site on Monday.

The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

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