The McLean County Health Department is reporting 331 cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of reported COVID-19 cases in McLean County to 45,857.

The total number of reported COVID-19 deaths in McLean County is 333.

There are 2,554 people in home isolation and 42,923 COVID-19 positive people have been released from isolation.

There are 47 McLean County residents hospitalized with COVID-19, and a total of 39 patients in McLean County hospitals are being treated for COVID-19.

At McLean County hospitals, 85% of critical care beds and 95% of total beds are in use.

Over 814,200 COVID-19 tests have been obtained. The cumulative positivity rate is 5.6%. The seven-day rolling positivity rate is 9.8% since Wednesday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention flags McLean County as an area with high community transmission. The seven-day rolling average fell to 1,917.59 cases per 100,000 people.

There have been 257,493 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered in McLean County. The Illinois Department of Public Health has a dashboard to track vaccine distribution in Illinois. In McLean County, 58.87% of residents are fully vaccinated and 61.92% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated.

Immunization clinics

The McLean County Health Department will now distribute booster doses to all people 12 years and over who received their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine five months ago.

There are two upcoming MCHD vaccination clinics for people aged 12 and over, and there is an upcoming vaccination clinic for people aged 5 to 11. Walk-in availability is limited and demand for vaccines is high. Pre-registration is recommended to ensure vaccine availability and shorter wait times. These vaccination clinics are for first, second, third and booster doses.

People can register on the MCHD website or call the call center at (309) 888-5600 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are other vaccination clinics in the area for residents who need a shot.

Isolation and quarantine

IDPH is enforcing the reduced number of quarantine and isolation days recommended by the CDC for asymptomatic individuals.

The CDC has specific advice for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and should self-isolate, and the CDC advises people who have come into close contact with people who test positive for COVID-19 to follow specific guidelines for quarantine.

All recommendations apply to the asymptomatic public. All healthcare personnel and other specific people should follow their specific guidelines.

Contact tracing

As of January 13, local health departments have had little or no direct involvement in COVID-19 investigation and contact tracing.

All positive COVID-19 cases since Dec. 28 entered into Illinois data systems associated with a cell phone number will receive an automated text from the IDPH Surge Center. For more information, visit IDPH online or call 312-777-1999.

Due to the high number of positive cases in Illinois, those who are not high risk and have tested positive or been identified as a close contact may not receive a contact tracer reminder until the end of their period of isolation or quarantine.

Test

The MCHD is encouraging individuals to visit local testing sites and statewide testing sites with the recent increase in COVID-19 cases.

JORDAN MEAD is editor-in-chief of The Vidette. Contact her at [email protected] Follow Mead on Twitter at @meadjordan19


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