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The McLean County Health Department is reporting one new death related to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths in McLean County to 333.

The deceased includes one female in her 60s who was not associated with long-term care.

MCHD is reporting 487 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 45,526. 

There have been 3,502 cases since Jan. 19. Of those cases, 723 were reported in children ages 5 to 11.

Currently, 2,676 individuals are isolating at home. A total of 42,473 individuals have completed isolation and are considered recovered.

There are 44 McLean County residents hospitalized. A total of 38 patients are hospitalized in McLean County hospitals for COVID-19. McLean County hospitals are reporting 92% of intensive care unit beds in use and 99% of total beds in use.

Positivity rates

Over 808,300 tests have resulted in a cumulative positivity rate of 5.6%. The rolling seven-day positivity rate through Tuesday is 11.1%.

McLean County is experiencing high community transmission based on the seven-day moving average of 2,499.46 cases per 100,000 individuals as of Monday's data.

As case numbers continue to rise across Illinois, IDPH has increased the number and availability of testing locations. Testing locations in McLean County can be found on MCHD's website and testing sites across Illinois can be found on IDPH's website.

As of Jan. 13, every new positive case of COVID-19 associated with a phone number will be texted a link from the IDPH to help improve contact tracing.

MCHD is urging residents to get tested for COVID-19 as a high percentage of tests have come back positive. They are recommending that those who have been exposed be tested five to seven days after the exposure.

Vaccination rates

About 257,112 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in McLean County. Of McLean County, 58.83% of the population is fully vaccinated and 61.85% of all Illinois residents are fully vaccinated.

In McLean County, 21.58% of individuals ages 5 to 11, 61.61% of individuals ages 12 to 17, 61.91% of individuals ages 18 to 64 and 91.25% of individuals ages 65 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine clinics

MCHD has added four vaccination clinics. For those ages 12 and older, two clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and noon to 2:45 p.m. Monday at Grossinger Motors Arena and one from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 4 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

One vaccine clinic has been added for those ages 5 to 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday.

MCHD has authorized the Pfizer booster shot for those ages 12 and older at least five months after their second dose.

Due to increased demand, MCHD is strongly recommending 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.

They are also offering COVID-19 booster shots of all three vaccines. 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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