Key COVID indicators continue their rapid rise in McLean County, including hospitalizations

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 10:23 PM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (25 NEWS) - McLean County’s two hospitals were close to capacity on Tuesday with a sharp rise in the number of people being treated there for COVID-19.

The McLean County Health Department also reported 548 new cases over a 24 hour period and 62 people hospitalized with COVID-19. Monday, the health department said there were 52 COVID patients hospitalized at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center.

The two hospitals reported just 3% of their beds were unfilled, and 8% of their intensive care unit beds were not occupied as of Tuesday.

The health department also reported one more person died from an illness related to COVID-19, bringing the total to 309. The latest to perish was a man in his 60s who was not associated with a long-term care facility, health officials said.

A record high number of COVID patients were isolating at home, reaching 2,883 on Tuesday, exceeding the previous high of 2,557 people on Monday, according to health leaders.

Also leaping higher was the closely-watched rolling test positivity rate, which rose to 17.8% for the seven-day period ending Monday, January 3, up from 15.6% for the weekly period ending Sunday, January 2.

The local health department is continuing to plead with residents to get vaccinated, and encourage people to get tested. As of Tuesday, the agency said the county’s vaccination rate was at 58.33%.

Local testing sites can be found on the health department’s website.

“Layered mitigations such as following proper isolation and quarantine, getting vaccinated, wearing masks, physical distancing, and avoiding large gatherings are all effective ways to help reduce transmission,” the health department said in a news release.

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