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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 613 new COVID-19 cases since May 6, bringing the total number of cases to 52,241. 

Of those cases, 112 were reported to be individuals in their 40s.

No new deaths have been reported. There have been 369 total deaths in McLean County.

Transmission rates

The CDC’s new framework for establishing safety recommendations focuses on minimizing severe disease, preventing strain on the healthcare 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 medium community transmission according to the CDC’s framework. In the past seven days, there have been 364.98 cases per 100,000 people. There have also been 16 new hospital admissions, and 2.2% of inpatient beds are in use because of COVID-19 patients.

Testing clinics

The MCHD has scheduled three new testing clinics in McLean County. The clinics will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Grossinger Motors Arena.

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

Vaccination rates

About 282,754 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in McLean County. In McLean County, 62.54% of the population is fully vaccinated and 64.81% of all Illinois residents are fully vaccinated.

In McLean County, 38.17% of individuals ages 5 to 11, 64.23% of individuals ages 12 to 17, 64.16% of individuals ages 18 to 64 and 93.38% of individuals ages 65 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine clinics

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

The MCHD 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 the CDC's website to see if they are eligible for a booster shot.

ELIZABETH URBAN is News Editor for The Vidette. Urban can be contacted at emurba1@ilstu.edu. Follow Urban on Twitter at @eliizabethurban.  


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