Record high reached in McLean County for COVID patients in home isolation, two more deaths tied to virus

Published: Jan. 3, 2022 at 8:15 PM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (25 NEWS) - The number of people isolating at home with COVID-19 in McLean County is at an all-time high, while hospitalizations and a closely-watched measurement of community transmission are at elevated levels as well.

The McLean County Health Department on Monday said 2,557 people are isolating at home, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. The health department said 50 people were hospitalized with COVID on Monday at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington and Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, from 47 on Thursday, December 30, which is the last time health leaders provided data.

The two McLean County hospitals again reported they are near-capacity, with 97% of all beds in use and 81% of all intensive care unit beds.

The local health department reported two more COVID-19 related deaths, bringing county’s death toll to 308. The latest fatalities were two men in their 60s. Neither were associated with long-term care facilities, health officials said.

Since Thursday, the health department reported 1,434 new cases, bringing the total of probable and confirmed infections to 28,614. Of that amount, 28,614 patients have been released from isolation and are considered recovered from the virus.

The closely-watched rolling test positivity rate dropped since last week, but remained at a high level. It fell to 15.6% for the seven-days ending Sunday, January 2. It reached 17.4% for the weekly period ending Wednesday, December 29.

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