99% of hospital beds in use in McLean County


MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — The McLean County Health Department is reporting 71 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total of probable and confirmed cases to 25,081.

At this time, 577 individuals are isolated at home, and an additional 24,202 individuals have been released from isolation and are considered recovered.

Currently, 18 McLean County residents are reported to be hospitalized due to COVID-19. McLean County hospitals are reporting 92% of ICU beds in use, 99% of total beds in use.

In case the hospitals reach full capacity, Chief Nursing Officer at OSF, Lisa Pittman, said, “We do have a surge plan. So numbers look full but we have a lot of turnover, we have a lot of discharges every day, and then if we have to become full we have a surge plan to increase our beds.”

The total number of patients hospitalized for COVID at McLean County hospitals is 21.

There have been 287 COVID-related deaths reported in McLean County. This includes three additional deaths: two females in their 70s and one male in his 20s, none of them associated with long-term care.

More than 614,100 tests have resulted in a cumulative positivity rate of 4.1%.

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Marianne Manko, public affairs coordinator at the McLean County Health Department, said to get tested if exposed to the virus five to seven days after, even if there are no symptoms present.

“Percent positivity can be an indicator of whether the appropriate level of testing is occurring, and we think that it isn’t. We really want to be able to get more testing in order to see a more accurate description of what that seven-day positivity rate is,” said Manko.

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