McLean County Adds 3 COVID Cases; 2 Out Of The Hospital | WGLT

McLean County Adds 3 COVID Cases; 2 Out Of The Hospital

Aug 18, 2020

McLean County health officials announced three new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, while two COVID-19 patients have been released from hospitalization.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) released its daily COVID-19 count in mid-morning, several hours earlier than it has previously. The three new cases come after the county set single-day (38) and seven-day records (131) for new cases.

The county’s active caseload dipped slightly from its record high on Monday. According to the MCHD, four COVID patients remain hospitalized, including one in intensive care, while 137 patients are isolating at home.

The county has had 16 COVID-related deaths; the latest was a woman in her 60s reported Monday, while 622 patients have been released from quarantine and are considered recovered.

McLean County’s seven-day and cumulative testing positivity rates dipped slightly to 2% and 2.1%, respectively, based on more than 36,500 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic.

MCHD Administrator Jessica McKnight continued to urge people to avoid large gatherings which have contributed to the recent rise in cases.

“Parties and gatherings are not just a threat for those present. Anyone could unknowingly spread the virus to friends, family, or co-workers who are more vulnerable,” McKnight said. “A person can infect another person up to 48 hours before they exhibit any symptoms. 

COVID-19 testing continues daily at the Interstate Center in Bloomington from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The McLean County Emergency Management Agency reported 588 tests were conducted at the site on Monday.

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