Illinois State University junior Matthew Genard spits into a test tube for his COVID-19 test at the student service building.

The McLean County Health Department is reporting 208 new cases of COVID-19 since Jan. 27, bringing the running total of cases to 63,550. 

Of the positive cases, 33 were reported to be individuals in their 20s. 

No new deaths related to COVID-19 were reported. The total number of deaths in McLean County remains at 417. 

Transmission rates

The framework provided by the Centers for Disease Control establishes safety recommendations focused on minimizing severe disease, preventing strain on the health care system and allowing those at higher risk to focus on protecting themselves from COVID-19.

The framework states that low, medium and high COVID-19 community levels will be determined by both hospital capacity and COVID-19 hospital admissions.

McLean County is considered an area of low community transmission according to CDC’s framework. 

In the past seven days, there have been 95.03 cases per 100,000 residents. There have also been six new hospital admissions per 100,000 residents. 

The seven-day positivity rate was 11.78%.

Testing clinics

MCHD offers free COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to noon every Tuesday and Wednesday at the McLean County Health Department Room 400E on the fourth floor of 200 W. Front St. in Downtown Bloomington.

All clinics are free. Pre-registration is not required but recommended.

Vaccine clinics

MCHD recommends pre-registration for first, second, third or booster doses. Those interested can register online or by calling (309) 888-5600.

MCHD's call center is open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule vaccine appointments. Those interested can call to schedule an appointment or find a nearby vaccination clinic online.

COVID-19 booster shots of all three vaccines are also being offered. Individuals should check CDC's website to see if they are eligible for a booster shot.

SEAN MORRISON is a News and Features Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow Morrison on Twitter at @seanmorr122  

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