McLean County adds 124 cases of coronavirus

The county’s rolling positivity rate dropped from 5.2% to 4.2%. (WJBC file photo)


By Neil Doyle

BLOOMINGTON – Local health officials Monday reported 124 new cases of coronavirus from over the weekend.

There are 21 McLean County residents in the hospital due to COVID and 453 are in home isolation. According to the health department, McLean County hospitals are reporting 96% of ICU beds and total beds in use.

The county’s rolling positivity rate dropped from 5.2% to 4.2%. 186 additional people were released from isolation and are considered recovered.

There have been 218 COVID-related deaths in the county.

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