UPDATED 6:30 p.m. | McLean County health officials are reporting two more COVID-related deaths, including the youngest area resident to succumb to the virus to date.
The woman, who was 34, and another woman in her 60s both had underlying health conditions, according to the McLean County Health Department (MCHD). Their deaths bring the county’s total to 22.
There are now 10 people hospitalized in McLean County. The number of patients in intensive care held at two.
MCHD reported nine new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday. That’s the first time in a month the daily caseload was in the single digits.
The county’s testing positivity rate ticked up slightly to 4.1%. There are now 226 active cases. That means in addition to the two deaths, 12 more people are now considered recovered.
Illinois State University reported six new student cases on Thursday, off 236 new test results. ISU's testing positivity rate for the past week is 3.2%. It's only tested 825 students in the past week, just over half its weekly goal (1,500).
The health department notes that people of any age with underlying health conditions including COPD, obesity, sickle cell disease, and type 2 diabetes are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and may need to be hospitalized.
The department also notes that while the median time for recovery in mild cases is about two weeks, more severe cases can take up to six weeks to recover—and some symptoms linger even longer.
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