McLean County Holds Steady With 86 COVID-19 Cases | WGLT

McLean County Holds Steady With 86 COVID-19 Cases

Apr 22, 2020

McLean County has gone a second consecutive day without any new COVID-19 cases.

According to data from the McLean County Health Department, the county’s count of coronavirus cases remains at 86, while one more patient has recovered, bringing that total to 74.

Eight patients are currently in home isolation and one remains hospitalized. Three have died.

County Health Department Director Jessica McKnight said the public still must remain vigilant in protecting against the spread of COVID-19.

“We are seeing kind of a plateau at least in McLean County where we haven’t seen as many new cases in the last couple days, but does that mean the virus is gone? Absolutely not,” McKnight said.

Health officials have consistently said widespread testing is necessary to determine how prevalent the coronavirus is in a community.

McKnight said increased testing and contact tracing across Illinois will be necessary in the coming weeks as Gov. JB Pritzker considers reopening the economy, either statewide or regionally.

McKnight added with warmer spring weather approaching, people going outside for fresh air and exercise should continue to be mindful of social distancing.

“With the measure we have in place, social distancing, people staying home, those are definitely helping us,” she said.

Bloomington has the largest number of confirmed cases in the county with 56, based on ZIP code data. Normal has 18 cases. The Chenoa area has four cases, three are in the Heyworth area and Hudson has two.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports the state has surpassed 35,000 COVID-19 cases with the addition of 2,049 cases on Wednesday. Illinois has had 1,565 coronavirus deaths, including 98 announced on Wednesday.

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