Weekly data show COVID cases rising again in McLean County
PEORIA (25 NEWS) - New COVID-19 cases are rising in McLean County, with young adults accounting for the largest amount of new cases, according to weekly data from the local health department.
The McLean County Health Department reported 351 new infections since last Wednesday, November 3, up from 195 cases the previous week.
Young adults in their 20s and 30s accounted for 38% of the new cases, with 82 infections among people in their 20s and 50 cases among people in their 30s.
The health department provided the following age breakdown of new cases since November 3.
0-11 = 52
12-17 = 18
18 = 12
19 = 12
20s = 82
30s = 50
40s = 37
50s = 38
60s = 19
70s = 12
80s = 13
90s = 6
100s = 0
Total = 351
The health department said Wednesday that 361 people are isolating at home, up from 197 people in home quarantine last week.
Health leaders said 20 people were hospitalized with COVID in McLean County on Wednesday, from 13 a week earlier. The health department reported Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington were nearly filled to capacity caring for patients with COVID and other illnesses.
The health department said Wednesday that 99% of all hospital beds were in use, and 96% of beds were occupied in the two hospitals’ intensive care units.
The closely watched test positivity rate was on the rise as well in McLean County. The seven-day rate rose to 2.8% through Tuesday, up from 1.8% for the same period a week ago.
Five more COVID-related deaths have been reported this past week in McLean County, as 281 people have now perished from illnesses related to the virus.
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