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All ICU beds filled in McLean County amid unrelenting spike in COVID-19 cases


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Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 10:01 PM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) - McLean County’s two hospitals told health leaders Friday that all of their intensive care unit beds were filled as understaffed workers care for patients suffering from COVID-19 and other illnesses.

The McLean County Health Department also said on Friday there were two more COVID-related deaths.

Just 1% of all hospital beds were available Friday at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, according to the health department

The agency said 68 COVID patients were hospitalized, up from 63 on Thursday.

Just over 1,000 more COVID patients were isolating at home on Friday compared to the previous day. The health department said a record high 5,213 people were in home isolation, an increase of 1,090.

Overall, the health department reported 1,281 new cases in the most recent 24 hour period, bringing the total number to 34,958 probable and confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

A closely-watched indicator of local COVID transmission continued to rise. The rolling seven-day test positivity rate climbed to 26.8% for the weekly period ending Thursday, January 6, up from 20.1% for the seven day period ending Wednesday, January 5.

McLean County’s COVID-death toll rose to 315 on Friday as the health department reported a man in his 60s and a woman in her 70s had died from illnesses connected to COVID-19. Neither person was associated with a long-term care facility, health officials said.

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