2 more COVID deaths in McLean County, new hospitalizations continue to rise
BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - The McLean County Health Department reports two more people, including a woman in her 50s, have died from COVID-19-related illnesses.
Data released Friday also new cases and hospitalizations moved higher during the weekly period, and for a second week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) classified McLean County’s community level at medium, having been at a low level during most of September and October.
In counties at medium community level, the CDC “strongly recommends” those at highest risk of contracting the virus - like the elderly and immunocompromised people - to wear masks in indoor public places.
The health department said the two fatalities brings to 410 the number of people who have died in McLean County since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.
The woman in her 50s and man in his 90s whose deaths were reported this week were not associated with long-term care facilities, the health department said.
Health officials also reported 294 new COVID-19 cases since last Friday, December 7, with people in their 20s making up the largest share.
The weekly age breakdown for all cases added to the total is as follows:
0-11 = 26
12-17 = 11
18-19 = 6
20s = 64
30s = 24
40s = 35
50s = 32
60s = 39
70s = 30
80s = 23
90s = 4
100s = 0
Total = 294
The health department said new hospital admissions of COVID-19 patients rose to 11.5 per 100,000 people for the weekly period ending December 6, up from 11.1 for the seven days ending November 30 and 6.2 for the seven days ending November 15.
In counties like McLean at medium community level, the CDC “strongly recommends” those at highest risk of contracting the virus - like the elderly and immunocompromised people - to wear masks in indoor public places.
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