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McLean County hospitals nearly full as health department reports 30 new COVID-19 cases


BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - The McLean County Health Department on Friday reported 30 more COVID-19 cases, and at the same time, the agency said Bloomington-Normal's two hospitals are nearly full.

The health department said there have been 185 confirmed and probable cases since last Friday, bringing the total to 14,474.

Health officials said 21 McLean County residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 85% of all beds filled up in the intensive care units, up from 65% a week ago. The health department said 94% of all hospital beds are in use, compared to 90% a week ago.

The health department said the rolling seven-day positivity rate through Thursday was 2.3%, from 2.5% from the seven-day period ending Wednesday, and 2.7% from the seven-day period ending last Thursday. More than 242,200 COVID-19 tests have been administered, the health department said.

The health department also reported about 31,216 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in McLean County, from about 26,000 a week ago.

The public can track vaccine delivered and administered in the state on the the Illinois Department of Public Health's website.

Howard Packowitz

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