McLean County Reports 24th Death, 15 New COVID-19 Cases | WGLT

McLean County Reports 24th Death, 15 New COVID-19 Cases

Oct 8, 2020

A McLean County man in his 80s is the 24th resident to die from COVID-19 related complications.  According to the McLean County Health Department (MCHD), he had underlying health conditions and was associated with a long-term care facility.

MCHD confirmed 15 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. The county's testing positivity rate held at 3.4% for the third straight day. The health department received around 700 test results in the past day, compared to about 200 tests Wednesday.

There are now 11 people hospitalized in McLean County, including two in intensive care, while 184 others are isolating at home. Seven additonal people are now considered recovered.

Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight said the latest death was not related to The Loft Rehabilitation & Nursing, as reflected in the Illinois Department of Public Health's data. McKnight said those figures are reported by IDPH about a week later than they're known locally.

Meanwhile, Illinois State University confirmed two new cases among students. Seven students have tested positive on campus in the past week. There are currently 13 active cases among students. The university's testing positivity rate (7-day rolling) is 0.5%. 

Illinois Wesleyan University confirmed one new COVID-19 case on Wednesday. There are currently eight active cases known on the IWU campus. The university's testing positivity rate is 0.86%.

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