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A doctor makes vaccination in the shoulder of a female patient.

McLean County Health Department is reporting 381 COVID-19 cases, and the total reported COVID-19 cases in McLean County is 46,238.

The total reported COVID-19 deaths in McLean County are 333.

Currently, 2,584 people are isolating at home. There have been 43,297 COVID-19 positive people been released from isolation.

There are 24 McLean County residents hospitalized for COVID-19, and 36 patients in McLean County hospitals are being treated for COVID-19.

In McLean County hospitals, 81% of ICU beds are in use, and 95% of total beds are in use.

Over 820,500 COVID-19 tests have been resulted, making the cumulative positivity rate 5.6%. The rolling seven-day positivity rate is 9.5% through Thursday.      

McLean County is still considered an area of high community transmission according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The seven-day moving average went down to 1,854.63 cases per 100,000 people.   

There have been 257,842 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in McLean County. The Illinois Department of Public Health created a dashboard for tracking Illinois vaccine distribution. In McLean County, 58.92% of residents are fully vaccinated, and 62% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine Clinics

The McLean County Health Department will now distribute booster doses for all people aged 12 and over who have received their second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine five months ago.

There are two MCHD vaccine clinics for people aged 12 and over, and there is one upcoming vaccine clinic for people aged 5-11.  There is limited walk-in availability and a high demand for vaccines. Pre-registration is 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.

Flu Season

December through February is known for higher cases of the flu virus caused by influenza viruses that infects the nose, throat and occasionally the lungs.

The CDC recommends everyone 6-months and older get the flu vaccine annually to prevent illness, hospitalizations and potential death.

The MCHD reports flu virus related complications can cause bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma and diabetes.

Contact Tracing

As of Jan. 13, local health departments have little to no direct involvement with COVID-19 investigation and contact tracing.

All positive COVID-19 cases since Dec. 28 entered in Illinois’ data systems associated with a cell phone number will receive an automated text from IDPH Surge Center. For more information, visit IDPH online or call 312-777-1999.

Due to the high number of positive cases in Illinois, those who are not high-risk and have either tested positive or been identified as a close contact may not receive a callback form a contact tracer before their isolation or quarantine period is finished.

Testing

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

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


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