Published July 29, 2022 at 3:25 PM CDT
COVID-19 hospitalizations are down in McLean County this week as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control lowered the county’s COVID level to medium.
High-risk people in medium-level communities are encouraged to wear a mask in indoor public places, according to CDC guidelines.
The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 14 weekly hospitalizations due to COVID-19, or 8 per 100,000 residents.
New cases rose to 444 in the last week. According to MCHD, the county’s seven-day testing positivity rate is 30.4%.
Health officials have said the emergence of home test kits suggests the data fails to reflect the full scope of community spread as many positive tests now go unreported and unconfirmed.
Sixty-six Illinois counties are at a high level for COVID-19, including Ford in central Illinois. Thirty-one counties are at medium, including Tazewell, Piatt and Logan. DeWitt, Livingston, and Woodford counties are among the five Illinois counties at low level for COVID-19.
There have been 385 COVID-related deaths in McLean County since the start of the pandemic.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, 63.1% of McLean County residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The state rate is 65.3%.