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Watch now: October COVID total reaches 286 in McLean County

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An update on COVID cases in McLean County for Friday, Oct. 8.

BLOOMINGTON — Fewer than 300 people were reported as in isolation Friday due to exposure to COVID-19, per the latest McLean County Health Department update. 

MCHD reported 290 people are isolating at home, the lowest that total has been since Aug. 12.

One month ago, MCHD records show, 454 people were in isolation due to exposure. 

Test positivity rates remained unchanged in the past day, with the percentage of tests coming back positive for COVID in the past seven days still sitting at 2.4%. The county's overall rate since the pandemic started — 4.4% — also remained unchanged. 

One more McLean County resident was hospitalized as a COVID patient, putting that total up to 28 on Friday.

Hospital bed availability was not published in MCHD's Friday report; the number of COVID patients between Carle BroMenn and OSF St. Joseph medical centers stayed at 27. 

No additional deaths were reported Friday. 

MCHD reported an additional 41 cases confirmed in the past day, bringing October's total to 286. There have been 22,488 known cases in the county since the pandemic started last year.

Of those cases, 21,907 are considered recovered. 

MCHD plans to run two public vaccination clinics this month at locations besides Grossinger Motors Arena.

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MCHD will offer vaccines at uptown Normal's Sugar Creek Arts Festival on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-ins will be accepted, MCHD noted, but preregistration is "strongly recommended.

Thursday mass vaccination clinics at Grossinger will be in operation as usual Oct. 14 and 21 before moving temporarily to the Activities and Recreation Center in Normal on Oct. 28. 

All Thursday clinics run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Approximately 188,924 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in McLean County so far, according to data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

About 54.5% of the population, or 92,262 people, are considered fully vaccinated.


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