COVID hospitalizations reach record high in McLean County
BLOOMINGTON (HEART OF ILLINOIS ABC) - The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in McLean County rose to a record high on Thursday, while the two hospitals treating those COVID patients and others were near-capacity, the local health department reported.
There were 70 people hospitalized with the virus, the highest since the McLean County Health Department and the two hospitals started tracking that data. The health department said 53 of the 70 are from McLean County. The health department said there were 66 COVID patients hospitalized on Wednesday at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
The two hospitals are trying to ease the space and staffing crunch by postponing elective or non-essential procedures, and yet they reported just 2% of all hospital beds were available on Thursday, and only 11% of intensive care unit beds were unoccupied.
The health department also reported 697 new cases on Thursday on top of the 5,366 new cases reported over a seven-day period ending on Wednesday.
There was a slight decrease in the number of people isolating at home. The health department said 4,974 COVID-positive patients were in home isolation Thursday, nine people fewer than Wednesday.
The closely-watched rolling test positivity rate remained elevated, but fell to 17.8% for the seven-day period ending Wednesday, January 12, from 19.2% for the weekly period ending Tuesday, January 11.
The number of people who have died from COVID-related illnesses held at 320 on Thursday, according to the health department.
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