UPDATED 3 p.m. | Three more people have died of COVID-19 following an outbreak at the Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, where nearly 50 people have contracted the coronavirus.
The McLean County Health Department said Thursday the three deaths were all women -- two in their 80s and one in her 70s. They bring the county’s death toll from the coronavirus to nine. Six are from the long-term care facility on South Main Street.
McLean County also reported three new coronavirus cases on Thursday. Two of them are from the nursing home -- one resident and one staff person. The facility has had 48 confirmed cases: 30 residents and 18 staff.
To date, the county has 197 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Seven more have recovered since Wednesday, while seven remain hospitalized and 63 are isolating at home.
The recent rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths comes as the state-run coronavirus testing site in Bloomington is scheduled to close on Friday.
The state of Illinois reported 2,268 coronavirus-cases and 87 deaths on Thursday, including the death of a Livingston County man in his 70s. The Illinois Department of Public Health has recorded 102,686 cases and 4,607 deaths.
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