More than half of McLean County residents are now considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19, based on data released Tuesday by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
The rate of vaccinations has steadily increased in recent weeks following a sharp rise in new coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the county. But vaccination rates are much lower than in early spring, when doses were less readily available. IDPH said 173,175 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in McLean County.
The county’s rate of fully vaccinated (50.2%) trails the state rate of 52%, but still ranks ninth highest in Illinois.
New coronavirus cases
The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 40 new coronavirus cases from a batch of about 600 tests returned overnight.
Twelve McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s up two from Monday. Carle BroMenn Medical Center and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center said they have 16 COVID patients under their care.
The county has reported 242 COVID-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.
In total, 241 McLean County residents are isolating at home, while 62 people have been released from quarantine since Monday and 18,714 McLean County residents are considered recovered from COVID-19.
The county’s testing positivity rate over the last seven days rose to 4.1%, while the county’s cumulative positivity rate is 4.8%, based on more than 399,300 tests conducted since the start of the pandemic.
IDPH reports nearly 6,000 coronavirus tests were conducted Aug. 3-9. That’s the county’s highest weekly total since May 24.