COVID-19 MCHD Updates
COVID-19 in McLean County - new cases:42; total confirmed cases:4,212; deaths:34; recovered:3,819; hospitalized:12; home isolation:347; gender percentage:female-54%/male-46%; age ranges - <1:11; 1-17:325; 18:223; 19:375; 20s:1,733; 30s:415; 40s:378; 50s:327; 60s:216; 70s:123; 80s:61; 90s:23; 100+:2. Cases by race - White:2,337; Black:407; Asian:70; other:135; unknown:1,255; American Indian or Alaskan Native:6; Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:2. Cases by ethnicity - Hispanic or Latinx:306; Non-Hispanic or Latinx:2,674; unknown:1,232. Information is current as of 10/27/2020. The provisional 7 day rolling positivity rate is 5.4% as of 10/26/2020.
As we look forward to enjoying fall holiday celebrations it is important to remember that even small gatherings of families and friends can put people at increased risk for COVID-19. It is important, especially now we are seeing community spread of the virus, to take responsibility to protect ourselves, our families, friends, and communities from COVID-19 through extra precautions.
Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, as well as where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees.
Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses the lowest risk. Host outdoor activities rather than indoor activities as much as possible. If hosting an outdoor event is not possible, and you choose to host an indoor event limit numbers of attendees as much as possible and avoid crowded, poorly ventilated, or fully enclosed indoor spaces. Increase ventilation by opening windows and doors to the extent that is safe and feasible based on the weather.
Provide or encourage attendees to bring supplies to help you and others stay healthy. For example, extra masks (do not share or swap with others), hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and tissues. Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people you don’t live with. Be particularly mindful in areas where it may harder to keep this distance. Wear a face covering at all times when you are around people who don’t live in your household to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Do not host or participate in any in-person festivities, if you or anyone in your household
• Has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has not met the criteria to end isolation or quarantine when it is safe to be around others
• Has symptoms of COVID-19
• Is waiting for COVID-19 viral test results
• May have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
• Is at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19
If you participate in higher risk activities consider getting tested for COVID 5-7 days after the event and take extra precautions for 14 days after the event to protect others. These precautions include staying home as much as possible and avoiding being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, or if you test positive for COVID-19, immediately contact the host and others that attended the event or celebration that you attended. They may need to inform other attendees about their possible exposure to the virus.
Gatherings can contribute to the spread of other infectious diseases. Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season.