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14 new COVID-19 cases in McLean County

14 new COVID-19 cases in McLean County

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Illinois National Guard members assist a driver about to be tested for the coronavirus March 28 at the Interstate Center in Bloomington.

BLOOMINGTON – Fourteen new cases have been added to the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in McLean County, bringing the total number of reported cases to 62, the McLean County Health Department said Tuesday. It was the largest increase in day-by-day totals reported this spring.

Health department officials said of the 62 total cases, two people have died, 23 have recovered, six are hospitalized, including two in intensive care units and 31 remain at home in self-isolation.

Fourteen of the patients are in their 60s, 12 in their 70s, 12 in their 50s, eight in their 20s, six in their 30s, six in their 40s and three in their 80s. Nearly two-thirds of the cases are female, and about half of the overall cases are white. Of the rest, 20 are black, eight are "unknown" and four are "other," according to the health department website.

Some 148 people were tested Monday at the COVID-19 testing site at the McLean County Interstate Center. That means more than 1,000 people have been tested at the site since it opened March 28.

COVID-19 testing continues 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, until supplies are exhausted, at the McLean County Fairgrounds, 1106 Interstate Drive, Bloomington. Testing criteria expanded during the weekend to include critical infrastructure workers (including utility workers) with COVID-19 symptoms, any health care facility worker and first responder, and anyone experiencing mild symptoms and who live in communities experiencing a high number of coronavirus hospitalizations.

Symptoms are fever, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath.

As of Monday night, 1,016 people have been tested. Not all of them are McLean County residents, as the site is a regional testing site. Health department officials have said that more than 500 McLean County residents have been tested throughout the county since the coronavirus hit in early March.

Officials announced a man in his 80s with underlying health conditions has died in Ford County as a result of the coronavirus. A man in his 80s also died in Champaign County. Both were the first deaths as a result of the pandemic in their respective counties. Ford County reported two additional cases on Tuesday.

They were among the 73 deaths reported by state officials Tuesday. Currently, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting a total of 13,549 cases, including 380 deaths, in 77 counties in Illinois. 

In Macon County, two new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 12. The county health department reported 92 tests have been done in the county with six tests pending.

A new positive case was reported in Logan County, the second active case there. So far, 92 people have been tested, with 82 negative and eight still pending.

A 50-year-old man in Piatt County is the latest case there. He was tested in Champaign County and is now in self-isolation at home. Piatt County now has four cases. There were no new cases in DeWitt County.

There are two additional cases in LaSalle County, which now has 15 confirmed cases. Both new cases are men in their 40s who are self-isolating at home.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

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