MCHD reports 2 more COVID-related deaths

The county’s rolling positivity rate inched down to 5.2%. (Graphic courtesy McLean County Health Department)


By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Two additional McLean County residents have died from coronavirus complications.

A man in his 40s and a man in his 60s, neither associated with a long-term care facility, according to the McLean County Health Department. There have been 210 COVID-related deaths in the county.

The MCHD reported 48 new cases of coronavirus Thursday. There are 43 McLean County residents in the hospital due to COVID and 547 are in home isolation.

McLean County hospitals are reporting 96% of ICU beds and 99% of total beds in use. The number of people hospitalized for COVID at McLean County hospitals is 40.

The health department reminds people that this number does not represent all persons currently hospitalized for COVID-19 or for other treatment and care.

The county’s rolling positivity rate inched down to 5.2%.

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