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Illinois State University is continuing to look for ways to expand coronavirus testing for the campus community. Students living in the residence halls are going to be required to get tested regularly this semester. ISU also switched to using antigen tests that give faster results. 

Forty-six new cases of COVID-19 were announced by the McLean County Health Department Friday. The county total is 4,023 cases.

Currently, 289 individuals are in home isolation and 12 are hospitalized with none in the intensive care unit. There have been 3,689 individuals who have recovered.

The health department is reporting two COVID-19-related deaths. One is a female in her 90s and a male in his 80s who were associated with a long-term care facility. McLean County has had 33 COVID19-related deaths.

Over 92,500 tests have been performed resulting in a cumulative positivity rate of 4.3%. The rolling seven-day positivity rate is 4.3% through Oct. 22.

Illinois State University is reporting five new COVID-19 cases among students Thursday. Currently, there are 43 active cases and 1,387 recovered cases. There has been a total of 1,430 positive cases among students.

The campus positivity rate is 2.5%.

Three COVID-19 cases have been reported among employees bringing the employee case count total to 28. Employee COVID-19 cases are self-reported and updated weekly.

Asymptomatic students can get tested from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday at the mobile home in the Alamo II parking lot and the Old Firehouse. Students, faculty and staff can get tested at the Interstate Center in Bloomington for free.

ISU’s positive COVID-19 cases are reflected in McLean County’s daily COVID-19 updates.

GRACE KINNICUTT is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow Kinnicutt on Twitter at @GKinnicutt 

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