UPDATED 1:00 P.M. | McLean County health officials announced the county’s first two COVID-related deaths in a week on Wednesday. The drop in fatalities comes following a surge of 33 deaths in the first two weeks of 2021.
The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported the two most recent deaths were a woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s. Both were associated with long-term care facilities.
To date, the county has reported 136 COVID-related deaths.
MCHD reported 89 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s caseload to 13,244.
Also, Bloomington-Normal’s hospital capacity dropped to 23% of total beds, down from 31% on Tuesday, while 58% of intensive care beds are in use, an increase from 50% on Tuesday. Twenty-seven COVID patients are hospitalized in the Twin Cities, including 22 McLean County residents.
The county reported 651 people are isolating at home, while 165 patients have completed their time in quarantine in the last 24 hours and are considered recovered.
McLean County’s seven-day testing positivity rate rose slightly to 6.8%, while the county’s cumulative testing positivity rate remains 6.6%, based on more than 199,300 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 4,822 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and 107 additional deaths. The deaths include two from Tazewell County, a male in his 70s and a female in her 90s; and one death in Logan County, a female in her 80s.
The county also announced more than 6,500 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in McLean County. Phase 1b,which includes essential workers and people 65 and older, have started to receive their vaccinations, but the initial allotment went quickly.
The county expects 2,200 vaccine doses this week. Phase 1b includes about 50,000 McLean County residents. Those in Phase 1a, which includes frontline health care workers and nursing home residents are still getting vaccinated, too.
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