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McLean County reports 3 more deaths tied to COVID-19


BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - Three more people in McLean County have died from illnesses related to COVID-19, the county's health department reported Tuesday.

The same report said nine more McLean County residents were hospitalized with COVID-19, bringing the total to 30, compared to Monday's data showing 21 people hospitalized.

A woman in her 60s and two women in their 80s died from COVID-related illnesses, the health department said. None of the three lived in long-term care facilities, the health department said.

There are now 221 people in McLean County who've died from COVID-related illnesses since the start of the pandemic.

Bloomington-Normal hospitals are almost at capacity, with 96% of total beds in use, according to the health department. The agency said 88% of ICU beds are in use, from 96% on Monday.

The health department reported on Tuesday there were 58 new cases, raising the total to 17,704.

The rolling seven-day test positivity rate through Monday is 4.3%, from 4.2% for the seven-day period through Sunday. The health department said there have been more than 323,000 tests administered since the beginning of the pandemic.

The health department also said about 123,314 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in McLean County.

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Howard Packowitz

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