BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — There are now four cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus reported in McLean County.
The McLean County Health Department announced Friday afternoon three new cases have been reported Friday. Officials say all known close contacts have been advised of the actions they should take.
As we continue to see new cases of COVID-19 in our community and across the state, it is important that people follow the public health guidelines on social distancing and good hygiene,” said Jessica McKnight, Administrator of the McLean County Health Department. “If you can, please do stay home. Increasing social distancing is a key component to lessening the impact of this pandemic and preventing the kind of circumstances we are seeing in other areas.”
During a press briefing, McLean County Health leaders say the three new cases are a man in his 20’s, a man in his 40’s and a woman in her 70’s. Two of the patients are hospitalized and one is in intensive care.
Health officials say one of the patients is associated with Illinois Wesleyan University, but they believe contact at the school was minimal.
Illinois Wesleyan University leaders released the following statement after the news conference.
“This afternoon, the McLean County Health Department reported to the media that a person has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) with connections to Illinois Wesleyan.
To maintain confidentiality, MCHD was unable to provide additional information to us, but offered assurance that anyone who has had direct contact with this individual has been notified.
We have subsequently learned that the individual is not an Illinois Wesleyan student, faculty or staff member, and they have not visited our campus recently. This is the first known case of COVID-19 involving an individual with contacts in our campus community.
Because the majority of our students are no longer on campus, and most of our employees are now working remotely, we have significantly reduced the risk for transmission of COVID-19 on campus. However, it is imperative that all members of our University community continue to practice social distancing, monitor their health, and follow CDC guidance pertaining to COVID-19.
Students on campus who don’t feel well should contact Arnold Health Services at (309) 556-3107 or an after-hours medical clinic (evenings and weekends). Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to notify the University, to help us take every possible precaution to protect the health of the campus community.
The health and safety of our community is our top priority. The latest information regarding Illinois Wesleyan’s response to COVID-19 will continue to be assembled at www.iwu.edu/covid19, and we invite any questions or concerns you may have via email@example.com. The McLean County Health Department can be reached at: (309) 888-5450.”