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McLean County COVID cases increase amid ‘substantial’ transmission

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - The number of new COVID-19 cases in McLean County has risen in the past week, with mostly younger people catching the virus, local health officials said.

The only COVID-related death reported this past week was a woman in her 30's.

The McLean County Health Department said there were 130 probable or confirmed cases reported since July 21, with 104 of them ranging in age from younger than 1 to 40.

There are now 241 COVID-related deaths in the county since the start of the pandemic, with the latest reported fatality not associated with a long-term care facility.

The county's health department recommends people follow latest CDC guidance for masking in public indoor settings whether or not they're fully vaccinated, and in another sign of heightened concern, local health officials will resume reporting COVID data on a daily basis instead of weekly.

The daily reports resuming Thursday aim to "keep the public informed and updated on vaccination progress and community transmission." the health department said.

The CDC Data Tracker reveals McLean County is experiencing "substantial" community transmission based on the seven-day moving average of 62 new cases per 100,000 residents.

Meantime, the health department said 4,903 doses of COVID-19 vaccinations were administered in the county during the past week, lifting the total to 172,828.

Latest data show 111 people are isolating at home, up from 86 who were in home quarantine the previous week.

Hospitalizations have declined at the county's two hospitals. The health department said eight McLean County residents and 13 people overall were hospitalized in the county. A week earlier, 10 county residents and 26 overall were hospitalized with COVID-19.

The rolling 7-day test positivity rate rose to 2.9% for the week ending July 27, from 2.7% for the weekly period ending July 20.

Of the 18,763 COVID cases since the beginning of the pandemic, the health department said 18,403 are considered recovered from the disease.

Howard Packowitz

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