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COVID positivity rate rises above 4% in McLean County

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BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - McLean County's test positivity rate for COVID-19 is surging higher, the county's health department reported Friday, amid increasing worries about the highly contagious delta variant and as leaders consider reinstating COVID safety measures.

Daily data show the test positivity rate rose to 4.2% for the seven-day period ending on Thursday, from 3.1% for the seven-day period ending Wednesday. The latest figures include 10 positive cases of the 127 people tested Wednesday at the McLean County Fairgrounds, according to the Pekin-based company running that testing site, Reditus Laboratories.

The health department reported 35 new COVID-19 cases Friday, compared to 36 new cases Thursday.

Local health officials said the number of people isolating at home rose to 155, from 141 on Thursday. Ten McLean County residents are said to be hospitalized due to COVID-19, up from eight county residents hospitalized on Thursday.

The health department noted that the Center for Disease Control's (CDC's) COVID Data Tracker is experiencing "substantial community transmission" as the seven day moving average of new cases held at 73.46 per 100,000 residents. That number is unchanged from Thursday and up from 62 cases per 100,000 people on Wednesday.

Health officials said Friday that 170,347 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in McLean County, and 48.82% of the county's population is fully vaccinated. Statewide, 50.78% are fully vaccinated.

Howard Packowitz

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