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Coronavirus Blog 4/7/20: Doctor Sues To Host Testing Clinic

Tom Pliura showing COVID-19 testing kits.
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Tom Pliura said he has purchased thousands of COVID-19 tests he plans to use for those who need one.

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

You can also see (or add to) our list of cancellations, closures, and rescheduled events. Find all of our coverage at WGLT.org/Coronavirus.

3:10 p.m. Tuesday, April 7

The McLean County COVID-19 Mututal Aid Team says it has reached 100 volunteers to help run errands for those in need during the pandemic. 

The group's Tori Moore says that's more than it can use on a daily basis, so it has scheduled three new volunteers each day over a 14-day period. 

"We are trying to get as many people involved as we can because that limits their own exposure and their own risk," Moore said. 

She added the group is still seeking additional volunteers in case any become sidelined because of any illness. Volunteers can fill out an online form

"We are not sending people out who have any symptoms," she said. 

Moore said the volunteers could use additional masks if anyone has some to donate. 

-- Eric Stock | WGLT 


2 p.m. Tuesday, April 7

LeRoy physician Tom Pliura has sued the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator in his attempt to bring a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Champaign County, the Champaign News-Gazette reports.

Pliura had scheduled a clinic last week at a Champaign church but it was shut down moments prior after health district administrator Julie Pryde raised concerns.

The News-Gazette reports the lawsuit seeks to prohibit Pryde from stopping Pliura’s plans to offer public COVID-19 testing.

Pliura told WGLT on Friday he was planning to reschedule the clinic once he secured a location.

He has started conducting COVID-19 testing outside his urgent care clinic in Champaign.

-- Eric Stock | WGLT

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Eric Stock is the News Director at WGLT. You can contact Eric at ejstoc1@ilstu.edu.
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