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There have been 213,890 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in McLean County.

The McLean County Health Department is reporting 153 new COVID-19 cases since Friday. The total reported cases are 24,447.

There are 559 people isolating at home. There have been 23,585 people released from isolation.

There are 19 McLean County residents reported to be hospitalized for COVID-19, and there are 25 total patients in McLean County hospitals being treated for COVID-19.

There have been 284 total COVID-19 related deaths.

In McLean County hospitals, 73% of ICU beds are in use and 93% of total beds are in use.

More than 603,669 tests have been resulted, making the cumulative positivity rate 4.0%. The rolling seven-day positivity rate is 3.2% through Sunday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data reflects that McLean County is continuing to experience high community transmission. The seven-day moving average is 306.09 cases per 100,000 people.

There have been 213,890 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in McLean County. The Illinois Department of Public Health has a dashboard for tracking vaccine distribution in Illinois. 55.86% of McLean County residents are vaccinated, and 57.57% of Illinois residents are vaccinated.

Vaccine Clinics

There are three upcoming vaccine clinics for children aged 5 to 11. Registration for the first dose clinic is by appointment only. Parents and legal guardians must call the MCHD call center at (309) 888-5600 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-in availability is not guaranteed for this age group.

There are two upcoming vaccine clinics hosted by MCHD for people aged 12 and over. There is limited walk-in availability and a high demand for vaccines, so pre-registration is strongly recommended to ensure vaccine availability and shorter wait times. These vaccine clinics are for first, second, third and booster doses.  

People can register through MCHD website or call the call center at (309) 888-5600 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are additional vaccine clinics in the local area for residents needing a vaccine.

CDC guidelines for holiday travel

Those traveling during the holidays are encouraged to follow CDC travel guidance. The CDC encourages everyone to become fully vaccinated before traveling.

Unvaccinated people that must travel are encouraged to take extra precautions, and everyone is encouraged to follow CDC domestic or CDC international travel guidelines.

The MCHD is encouraging all citizens to follow CDC guidance as temperatures are dropping and Thanksgiving celebrations are approaching.

The CDC recommends that people with weaker immune systems continue to wear masks regardless of vaccination status to protect against COVID-19 until their healthcare provider advises otherwise. The CDC encourages mask use when unvaccinated individuals or individuals with weakened immune systems are present.

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson booster shots

The MCHD is offering booster shots of Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines following the CDC’s approval of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters. The CDC has recommendations for individuals eligible for booster shots.

JORDAN MEAD is News Editor for The Vidette. Contact her at Follow Mead on Twitter at @meadjordan19  

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