McLean County COVID-19 update: 51 new cases, mostly young people


MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — On Wednesday, the McLean County Health Department reported 51 new cases of COVID-19, a significant increase compared to Tuesday’s update. Most of the cases come from either preteens or teenagers.

This puts the total number of cases in the county at 830 with 16 deaths. Most of Wednesday’s cases came from the age group in their 10s, meaning the majority of those that contracted the virus are young individuals or teenagers.

155 individuals are currently isolating at home. Four individuals are currently hospitalized, with one of those in intensive care. 655 individuals have been released from isolation and are considered recovered.

The age breakdowns for the new cases:

1-9 years — 1

         10s — 26

         20s — 13

         30s — 4

         40s — 1

         50s — 5

         70s — 1

The county reported nearly 100 new cases of COVID last week and averaged over 100 active cases each day. Over 37,000 tests have been taken, creating a cumulative positivity rate of 2.2%. The rolling 7-day positivity rate is 2.7% through Tuesday. 

McLean County Health Department continues to discourage holding or attending large gatherings, which are a high risk for spreading the virus.

“Even young healthy individuals can have complications from the virus, and some may even need to be hospitalized,” Health Administrator Jessica McKnight said.

“Everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus. Every interaction with persons outside your household should be treated as a risk for transmission.”

McKnight attributed the outbreak in COVID-19 cases in younger individuals to more testing at schools and universities, which can help measure whether social distancing guidelines are being followed outside of school.

“We continue to see clusters of cases from gatherings, household contacts, and off-campus activities,” McKnight said. “Large, in-person gatherings and situations where it is difficult for individuals to maintain social distance pose the highest risk for spread of the virus.”

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