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COVID vaccine sitting on table
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The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) is suspending use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine after federal regulators recommended the vaccine be shelved because of rare reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

Carle BroMenn hospital
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The Carle Center for Philanthropy said Friday its VISION 2020 campaign is a success, bringing in more than $36.9 million--above the $35 million goal for the seven-year effort.

Robin and Jeanice clean
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For Robin Dennewitz, the best part of her cleaning job at OSF Healthcare St. Joseph Medical Center is talking to the patients. And they’ve never needed her more.

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Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal has launched a virtual chatbot for patients who are confused or curious about the COVID-19 vaccine and their eligibility to receive it.

Carle BroMenn spokesperson Lisa Slater said the new feature will help alleviate the recent uptick in calls and questions.

“We’re very encouraged. We’ve known for a little while now that people are hungry for information,” said Slater. “We’ve seen a sustained, high-call volume on our vaccine line for several weeks now.”

Nurse receives vaccine
McLean County Health Department/OSF HealthCare

Nearly 4,000 people in McLean County have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine, based on new vaccination data provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

Tracy gets the shot
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About half of Bloomington-Normal’s hospital workers have already received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, officials said Monday.

Jennifer receives box
Carle BroMenn / McLean County Health Department

Tracy Sondag has been on the front lines of COVID as a nurse manager at Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, where 23 coronavirus patients are now hospitalized.

Heroes sign outside Carle Bromenn
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The head of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington says staffing remains "solid" despite the need for increased personnel to care for more coronavirus patients.

face masks hang from IV pole
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Top doctors in McLean County say they have a better handle on how to treat COVID-19 patients than they did at the start of the pandemic, but also say patient care is still very much trial and error.

The Carle BroMenn Medical Center

Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal has opened a newly renovated space for inpatient mental health and addiction recovery.

“Illinois, throughout the state, we have a need for inpatient mental health. Over time some of the state facilities have closed down, which has increased the need for local mental health facilities,” said Carle psychiatrist Dr. Girishkumar Dhorajia.

Watterson Towers residence hall at ISU
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The Illinois State University administration has asked the board of trustees to approve spending up to $3.3 million for coronavirus surveillance testing of students on campus through the end of the year.