McLean County health officials announced three more COVID-related deaths Tuesday.
The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) said two of the deaths are associated with long-term care facilities. Several nursing homes in McLean County have been dealing with COVID outbreaks in recent weeks.
MCHD Administrator Jessica McKnight said the three deaths were a woman in her 50s, a woman in her 90s and a man in his 60s. The county had had 30 COVID-related deaths, including seven fatalities in the last week. That's the highest total during any seven-day period since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The health department reported 42 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday to bring the county’s total to 3,700. Eight patients are hospitalized, though none are in intensive care, while 298 patients are isolating at home; 3,364 people have completed their time in quarantine and are considered recovered.
Data from the Illinois Department of Public Health indicated 43 additional coronavirus cases tied to long-term care facilities in McLean County from Oct. 2-9. That includes 15 cases at Bickford Senior Living and 10 additional cases at The Villas of Holly Brook at Towanda Barnes.
The county's seven-day testing positivity rate dipped to 3.9%, while the cumulative positivity rate remains 4.4% based on more than 84,200 tests.
The COVID testing site at the Interstate Center in Bloomington conducted 668 tests on Monday. It remains open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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