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McLean, Tri-County area reach coronavirus milestones

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(WEEK) - The Tri-County area of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties have reported more than 2,000 COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic in March, while neighboring McLean County achieved its own milestone.

The McLean County Health Department on Friday reported 10 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 608. There was also an increase in the number of active cases there, 102 people isolating home and one person hospitalized, the health department said.

A day earlier, the health department said 99 people were isolating at home, with one person in the hospital.

More than 28,700 COVID-19 tests have been administered in McLean County, with a cumulative positivity rate of 2.1%. The rolling seven-day positivity rate through Thursday is 2.0%, unchanged from the previous day.

McLean County's coronavirus death toll remained at 15.

In the Tri-County area, Friday was marked by the Illinois Department of Public Health's announcement that Tazewell County was one of 13 counties placed on a warning list.

Counties are elevated to warning level status when two or more rsk indicators rise. For Tazewell County, COVID infections have increased to 72 per 100,000 people, above the desired target of fewer than 50 cases per 100,000.

Also, the weekly number of emergency room visits for COVID-like illnesses have risen 2.5%, while those numbers should be stable or declining on a weekly basis.

The three counties reported 58 new cases Friday, boosting the to 2,118. The largest daily increase occurred in Tazewell County which saw 29 new cases for a total of 476.

COVID-19 cases in Peoria County rose to 1,504, up 19 from the previous day. Woodford County saw 10 new cases to 138. Tri-County health officials said 43 people have died after testing positive for the virus, unchanged from the previous day.

Area hospitals reported a single patient in an intensive care unit under investigation for COVID-19 and 14 confirmed cases utilizing intensive care. The hospitals said 31 people under investigation for COVID-19 are in non-intensive care units.

Those who remain hospitalized for the coronavirus is at 1.9%. People isolating at home represent 31.2% of confirmed cases, while almost 65% have recovered, the health department said.

Howard Packowitz

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