McLean County has set a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations. There are currently 42 county residents being treated for coronavirus complications. The previous high was 40 hospitalizations on Jan. 7.
The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reports 44 new confirmed or probable COVID cases, while the testing positivity rate bounced back up to 5.4%.
The active caseload is down for the first time in three weeks. That figure is 529, including 487 residents isolating at home.
Hospital capacity is the most restricted it has been since late December. About 96% of intensive care beds are occupied, according to MCHD data. Just 5% of all hospital beds are available. This data hasn’t been reported by the health department since last Wednesday.
Bloomington-Normal hospitals have 39 COVID patients in their care.
Tuesday’s cases were found in a batch of about 900 test results returned overnight.
MCHD reports 78,133 doses of the COVID vaccine administered in the county—an increase of just 167 doses in the past 24 hours. The county is inching closer to 16% of the population fully vaccinated.
Region 2, which includes McLean County, is missing two metrics required to stay in Phase 4 mitigations. The region’s testing positivity rate as reached 6.5%—a benchmark it’s not supposed to surpass under state health guidelines. The region also has seen hospitalizations increase nine out of the last 10 days.
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