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McLean County at “critical point” in COVID battle

McLean County Health Dept. New Administrator
Jessica McKnight (McLean County Health Department)

BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - The McLean County Health Department Administrator said Friday the county has reached a "critical point" in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jessica McKnight issued a statement as the department reported nine new cases over a 24-hour period, bringing the total cases to 513 since the pandemic started in March.

According to McKnight, nearly half of the total number of cases in McLean County were reported in July, with an average of nine cases reported daily this month.

"Trends in McLean County reflect what is being seen across the state with many recent cases related to social gatherings and household contact to someone who is COVID positive," said McKnight.

The health department has also seen an increase in active cases in isolation in July with an average of 57, up sharply from June's average of 15.

On Friday, the health department reported 83 people were isolating at home, and three people are hospitalized.

The department said 412 people have been released from isolation and are considered recovered.

More than 24,000 COVID-19 tests have been administered, with a cumulative positivity rate of 2.1%. The rolling positivity rate over a seven-day period is 1.8%, the health department said.

McKnight said contract tracers have also noticed an increase in contacts for each of the active cases they're monitoring, which she said is a marked change since entering Phase 4 of the governor's Restore Illinois plan.

"We all need to continue working together and doing what we can to protect our friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers.  Washing our hands, watching our distance, and wearing our face coverings are simple measures we can all take to keep our community safe and moving in the right direction," McKnight said.


Howard Packowitz

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