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COVID-19 claims 2 more lives in McLean County amid signs latest virus wave abating

BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) - Two more COVID-19-related deaths were reported in McLean County Wednesday amid signs that the Delta variant surge in cases is subsiding.

The latest to die are a woman in her 70s and another woman in her 90s. Both were long-term care residents, according to the McLean County Health Department. The county's death toll is now 265.

Weekly data released Wednesday showed 267 new cases since October 6, compared to 303 new cases for the previous seven-day period.

Young children continue to account for the most new cases, with 70 cases among children 11 and younger.

The health department provided an age breakdown of the new cases.

0-11 = 70

12-17 = 29

18-19 = 10

20s = 37

30s = 45

40s = 35

50s = 15

60s = 12

70s = 8

80s = 3

90s = 3

100s = 0

Total = 267

The health department said 265 people were isolating at home on Wednesday, from 273 on Tuesday, and 302 from last Wednesday.

The health department also reported 17 McLean County residents and 25 total patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 on Wednesday at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.

The two hospitals told the health department that 77% of all ICU beds were in use on Wednesday, from 88% on Tuesday, and 96% a week ago. The hospitals said 93% of all beds were occupied on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the health department counted 35 new cases over a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases to 22,664 since the start of the pandemic. Of that total, 22,117 were said to be released from isolation and recovered from the virus.

The closely watched rolling seven-day test positivity rate was at 2.4% through Tuesday, unchanged for the weekly period ending on Monday.

The health department also said 54.81% of McLean County's population were fully vaccinated Wednesday, compared to 56% statewide.

Howard Packowitz

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