4 more deaths, 1,000+ new COVID-19 cases in McLean County

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Published: Jan. 5, 2022 at 8:46 PM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) - COVID-19′s rapid rise is accelerating in McLean County as the local health leaders said Wednesday that just over 1,000 new infections were reported in a 24-hour period, and four more deaths were linked to the coronavirus.

The closely-watched seven-day test positivity rate rose sharply as well, climbing to 22.9% for the weekly period ending Tuesday, January 4, up from 17.8% for the seven days ending Monday, January 3.

In just 24 hours, the McLean County Health Department said there were 1,032 new cases.

The four fatalities, according to the health department, brings the county’s total to 313 since the start of the pandemic. The latest to die from COVID-related illnesses included a woman in her 70s and two men in their 70s who were not associated with a long-term care facility. A man in his 90s who died was associated with a long-term care facility, the health agency said.

The health department said 60 people were hospitalized Wednesday with COVID-19, from 62 on Tuesday. OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington and Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal on Wednesday reported all but 8% of their intensive care unit beds and 3% of all hospital beds were in use treating people with COVID-19 and other illnesses.

The health department said 3,704 people with COVID-19 were isolating at home on Wednesday, which is a record high, up from 2,883 people a day earlier.

Since last Wednesday, December 29, there were 3,556 new COVID cases in McLean County. The previous seven-day period resulted in 1,547 new cases, the health department said.

People in the youngest age groups made up the largest portion of new cases the past seven days, as shown in the health department’s weekly age breakdown:

0-11 = 494

12-17 = 266

18-19 = 119

20s = 820

30s = 636

40s = 501

50s = 373

60s = 214

70s = 80

80s = 42

90s = 11

100s = 0

Total = 3,556

Of the 33,093 probable and confirmed cases in McLean County since the start of the pandemic, the health department said 29,028 have been released from isolation and are considered recovered.

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