Test positivity rate, COVID hospitalizations continue to rise in McLean County


BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) – A key measure of the latest COVID-19 surge continued to rise in McLean County on Tuesday, as local health officials pleaded with the public to get the vaccine.

The rolling test positivity rate rose to 4% for the seven-day period ending Monday, up from 3.6% for the seven-day period ending Sunday.

Daily data showed 36 new cases Tuesday, with 205 people isolating at home, compared to 195 people in home isolation Monday.

The health department said 14 McLean County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday, up from 12 county residents hospitalized on Monday.

The Centers for Disease Control Data Tracker shows McLean County continues to experience “substantial community transmission” with a seven-day moving average of 96.78 cases per 100,000 residents, which is unchanged from Monday.

“We need more people vaccinated,” said McLean County Health Administrator Jessica McKnight in Tuesday’s news release.

The health department said about 171,490 doses have been administered and 49.09% of the county’s population are fully vaccinated, compared to 49.05% on Monday. Statewide, 51.13% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated.

McKnight noted the health department is offering free COVID-19 vaccines, with no appointments necessary at this week’s McLean County Fair.

All three vaccine types will be available at the following times:

Wednesday, August 4 from 1 p.m.-7 p.m.
Thursday, August 5 from 1 p.m. – 7p.m.
Friday, August 6 from 1 p.m.- 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 7 from 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

Fairgoers who get vaccinated at the fairgrounds clinic will be given two carnival ride arm bands or two free tickets for any grandstand event at the fair.

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