Man in his 20s is youngest to die from COVID-related illness in McLean County
PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A man in his 20s is one of two people to die from illnesses related to the coronavirus, and is the youngest COVID-19 fatality in McLean County, the local health department reported Friday.
The young man did not live in a long-term care facility. The other fatality - a man in his 90s - was in long-term care, according to the health department.
There have been eight COVID-related deaths among people in their 30s since the start of the pandemic, said Health Department Spokesperson Marianne Manko.
The health department said young adults - in their 20s and 30s - accounted for about 38% of new COVID cases during the seven-day period ending Wednesday, November 10.
The total number of people in McLean County who have died from COVID-linked illnesses rose to 283, the health department said.
Daily data released Friday showed 132 new cases, up from 74 cases Thursday, and 58 cases on Wednesday.
There were 421 people in home quarantine on Friday, up from 253 in home isolation a week ago.
The health department also said 23 people were hospitalized in McLean County with the coronavirus, up from 10 last Friday.
Health officials reported 94% of all hospital beds were occupied Friday at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington and Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.
Also pointing to an autumn COVID surge, the closely watched rolling test positivity rate is on the rise. The health department said positivity rate rose to 3.1% for the seven-day period ending Thursday, November 11, from 2.2% a week ago.
The health department also reported 55.5% of all McLean County residents are fully vaccinated, compared to 57.09% statewide.
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