COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in McLean County

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) – The number of people hospitalized at McLean County’s two medical centers continued to rise as the county added 151 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, according to the latest McLean County Health Department data.

There were 40 COVID-19 patients at Carle BroMenn in Normal and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, with 22 of them McLean County residents, the health department said.

A week earlier, 21 people were hospitalized in the county for COVID infections, and 12 of them were McLean County residents, according to health department data.

Increased COVID hospitalizations and the surge in new cases come as the Centers for Disease Control’s Data Tracker shows all but one of Illinois 102 counties are classified as areas of “high” community transmission. Carroll County in northwestern Illinois shows “substantial” community transmission, with a step lower than “high” transmission.

Also, Pekin-based Reditus Laboratories released data late last week showing the Delta variant mutating quickly in Illinois, with 99% of its COVID cases tied to the Delta variant.

A key measure of community transmission, the seven-day moving average of new cases in McLean County is 225.95 per 100,000 people, up from 177.24 a week ago.

The McLean County Health Department reported 454 people were isolating at home, compared to 381 the same period a week ago, and 18,892 people have been released from quarantine and are considered recovered from the virus.

The seven-day test positivity rate for McLean County is 4.1% for the weekly period ending August 22.

McLean County’s COVID death toll is unchanged at 242 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.

The health department said 51.63% of McLean County’s population are fully vaccinated, compared to 52.56% statewide.

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