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The McLean County Health Department is encouraging individuals to get vaccinated as COVID-19 continues to spread during the holiday season.

McLean County Health Department is reporting 542 new COVID-19 cases. The total reported cases is 30,079 in McLean County.

There have been 306 total COVID-19 deaths in McLean County. Two recent deaths in McLean County include two males in their 60s. Both men were not associated with long term care.  

There are 2,346 people isolating at home, and 27,396 people have been released from isolation and are considered recovered from COVID-19.

There are currently 31 McLean County residents hospitalized for COVID-19, and there are 47 total patients in McLean County hospitals being treated for COVID-19.

In McLean County hospitals, 92% of ICU beds are in use and 96% of total beds are in use.

More than 689,300 tests have been resulted. The cumulative positivity rate is 4.4%. The rolling seven-day positivity rate is 17.4% through Wednesday.     

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 706.05 cases per 100,000 people.  

There have been 245,065 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. In McLean County, 58.27% of residents are fully vaccinated, and 60.49% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine Clinics

There are two upcoming MCHD vaccine clinics for people aged 12 and over. There is limited walk-in availability and a high demand for vaccines. 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.

Isolation and Quarantine

On Thursday, the IDPH announced it is adopting the CDC’s reduced number of days for quarantine and isolation recommended for the asymptomatic general public.

The MCHD has specific advice for individual that have tested positive for COVID-19 and need to isolate, and the MCHD is advising people who have come int close contact with COvId-19 positive individuals to follow specific guidelines for quarantine.

Contact Tracing

All positive COVID-19 cases beginning on Tuesday entered into Illinois’ data systems associated with a cell phone number will receive an automated text form IDPH. For more information, visit IDPH online.

Testing

The MCHD is encouraging individuals to visit local testing sites and statewide testing sites with the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the nation.

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


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