Record 12 People Now Hospitalized With COVID In McLean County | WGLT

Record 12 People Now Hospitalized With COVID In McLean County

Sep 23, 2020

There are now 12 people in McLean County with COVID-19 who are hospitalized—a new record high.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) said Wednesday that two of those people are in intensive care. Hospitalizations are a lagging indicator, often behind new cases by about a week.

The Illinois Department of Public Health's region that includes McLean County currently has 43% of its hospital and ICU beds available, well above the 20% warning threshold.

The county reported 24 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. Ten of those were people in their 20s. That age group has comprised 44% of all coronavirus cases in McLean County.

The county's testing positivity rate fell again, down to 3.8%. That's comparable to statewide and national averages and down from a peak of 12.5% over Labor Day weekend.

There are now 242 active cases in McLean County, including the 12 hospitalizations and 230 other people isolating at home. That's down from a peak of 1,419 active cases on Sept. 14.

Illinois State University reported one new student case on Wednesday, based off 119 new test results. ISU has only surveillance-tested 737 students in the past week, less than half its 1,500-student weekly goal.

Illinois Wesleyan University reported two new cases, bringing its total number of students to 111. That includes the 10 students who tested positive upon arrival.

The testing site at Bloomington's Interstate Center remains open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mobile testing (drive-thru and walk-up) will be available from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday in Colfax, at 307 North Harrison St.

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