McLean County COVID-19 Cases Grows To 7 | WGLT

McLean County COVID-19 Cases Grows To 7

Mar 21, 2020

UPDATED 8:15 p.m. | McLean County health officials announced Saturday three more cases of COVID-19 in the county, bringing its total to seven.

The county reported its first case on Thursday and added three more on Friday.

The three new cases include:

  • Female, in her 20s who is recovering at home in isolation
  • Female, in her 70s who is in intensive care and has underlying health conditions
  • Male, in his 50s who is recovering at home in isolation and has a history of international travel

County health officials haven’t provided any additional information about the patients, citing patient privacy restrictions.

“The McLean County Health Department remains dedicated to protecting the health of our residents and doing what we can to prevent further spread of this virus,” McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight said. “We continue to work with our local and state partners in a collaborative response effort to COVID-19. It has been amazing to see so many local groups and the citizens of McLean County step up during this difficult time, working together to ensure that the needs of our community are being met.”

The number of confirmed cases is expected to rise as testing expands.

“More and more commercial labs are able to test for COVID-19 so there are more avenues to direct people to get tested; however, the need for testing far outweighs the resources that are available to do that testing, both locally and nationally," said Melissa Graven, McLean County Health Department communicable disease supervisor.

The state of Illinois on Saturday reported 753 COVID-19 cases and six deaths.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order took effect at 5 p.m. Saturday and is scheduled to last until April 7.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a revised description of today's cases, as updated by the health department. It was two females and one male, not two males and one female.

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