McLean County Adds 62 Cases; Region's Positivity Rate Spikes | WGLT

McLean County Adds 62 Cases; Region's Positivity Rate Spikes

Oct 21, 2020

McLean County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate has stabilized after a late summer spike, but the rate for the 20-county region is approaching a level that could lead to restrictions.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Region 2’s seven-day positivity rate has reached 6.9%. If the rate is 8% for three consecutive days, it would trigger mitigations, including indoor dining bans for bars and restaurants.

“We continue to see community spread of the virus, and the positivity rate in our region is rising near the 8% threshold,” said Jessica McKnight, administrator of the jMcLean County Health Department (MCHD). “It is up to all of us to take personal responsibility and exercise extra precautions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in our community to keep children in in-person learning, to keep our businesses open, and to keep our families, friends, and neighbors safe."

Nearly one-third of Illinois counties are under additional restrictions.

McLean County’s rolling positivity rate is 3.4%, according to MCHD, and its cumulative positivity rate is 4.3% since the start of the pandemic, based on more than 91,000 tests.

The county announced 62 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Wednesday and 51 additional recoveries. The number of COVID hospitalizations remained at 15 (none in intensive care), while 275 patients are isolating at home and 3,622 patients have completed their time in quarantine and are considered recovered.

The county has had 31 COVID-related deaths.

Rural COVID clinic

MCHD and Chestnut Health Systems will host a mobile COVID testing clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at 201 N. Chestnut St. in LeRoy. Drive-thru and walk-up testing will be available, weather permitting.

Free COVID testing continues daily for anyone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Interstate Center in Bloomington. Reditus Labs administered 697 tests at the site on Tuesday.

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