By Neil Doyle
BLOOMINGTON – The McLean County Health Department Tuesday reported three more coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the number of lives lost to 213.
MCHD says the three additional deaths include three men: one in his 60s and one in his 70s, neither associated with long-term care; one in his 90s associated with long-term care.
The county added 53 cases of coronavirus as there are 589 active cases. 44 McLean County residents are in the hospital due to COVID and the rest are in home isolation. McLean County hospitals are reporting 88% of ICU beds in use and 96% of total beds in use.
The county’s rolling positivity rate inched up to 5.7%. 67 additional people were released from isolation and are considered recovered.
COVID-19 Vaccine (Johnson & Johnson Paused)
With the CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommending a pause for Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine over a few reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot, the McLean County Health Department has paused the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until further notice. The vaccine clinic scheduled for Tuesday at Illinois Wesleyan University has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. The MCHD and IWU have sent out notifications to those who were scheduled to receive the vaccine.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was not scheduled to be administered at any of the clinics at Grossinger Motors Arena this week. All other clinics posted on the MCHD website will continue as planned.
Neil Doyle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org