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Jae C. Hong / AP

McLean County is reporting 84 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the community's total probable and confirmed cases to 11,355.

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Editor's note: The Joe's Station House hearing, initially set for Tuesday, has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Jan. 5 at Normal City Hall.

The Town of Normal could soon issue its first penalties against a business for violating state COVID rules.

Tracy gets the shot
Carle Health

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

OSF St Joseph Medical Center
Eric Stock / WGLT

Two new deaths linked to COVID-19 in McLean County bring the death toll to 88, while the county’s hospitals still report 96% of intensive care beds in use.

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Emily Bollinger/ISU Athletics

The first home weekend series of 2021 for the Illinois State men’s basketball team won’t happen as scheduled.

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Emily Bollinger

Long-term care facilities in McLean County hope to ring in the new year with the new COVID-19 vaccine.

OSF St Joseph Medical Center
Eric Stock / WGLT

Bloomington-Normal’s intensive care beds have nearly reached capacity even as the county’s active coronavirus caseload drops to its lowest level in six weeks.

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday he believes the issue of direct pandemic relief aid for states, cities, and small units of government will come back, after it was not included in the $900 billion package Congress just approved.

The Illinois Democrat said during an online news conference the Biden camp has a different position than the Trump administration on that aid.

COVID testing on the Quad
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

UPDATED 12:20 p.m. | McLean County health officials say the rate of new coronavirus cases has dropped in recent weeks, but they are calling for more vigilance as another holiday approaches.

Restaurant Asks Illinois Supreme Court To Throw Out Indoor Dining Ban

Dec 21, 2020

Lawyers for a Kane County restaurant are asking the Illinois Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the governor’s indoor dining ban was lawfully imposed.

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

McLean County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate continues to drop, but hospitalizations and other metrics are trending in the wrong direction.

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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.

Nurse gets a shot
McLean County Health Department / OSF HealthCare / Courtesy

UPDATED 8:45 p.m. | The first COVID-19 vaccine has officially arrived in McLean County.

Kristen Weikle
WGLT

The Unit 5 school district said it is seeking guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education before deciding whether to require vaccinations for staff and students.

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Warner Hospital and Health Services / Facebook

Many rural areas avoided the worst of the pandemic in its early stages. Now, it seems the coronavirus is everywhere, straining hospitals that have fewer resources to address an ongoing health crisis.

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Jenny Kane / AP

UPDATED 7:45 P.M. | McLean County has set a new record for weekly COVID-related deaths, while health officials report progress in some regional metrics and the arrival of a COVID vaccine that for some health care workers. 

testing site
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Illinois State University will provide its employees with free on-campus COVID-19 testing for the first time, starting next month.

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Facebook/Epiphany Catholic Church

The holiday season is about family, friends, food and, for many, faith. Houses of worship usually are full around Christmas, but most will be empty this year.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

McLean County health officials on Thursday reported eight new COVID-related deaths—a grim new record that echoed a surge in deaths nationwide.

Aperion Care
Eric Stock / WGLT

The rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in McLean County before Thanksgiving is now tracking through to a rise in deaths among older residents.

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Emily Bollinger / WGLT

McLean County's retooled COVID relief program has approved its first round of business loans.

Heroes sign outside Carle Bromenn
Mike McCurdy / WGLT

The strain on Bloomington-Normal’s hospital capacity eased slightly Wednesday as more intensive care beds became available. But capacity still remains below targets the state of Illinois has set for the coronavirus pandemic.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

Bloomington Liquor Commissioner and Mayor Tari Renner issued a $600 fine against Joe’s Pub for a violation of Gov. JB Pritzker’s executive order banning indoor service to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

McLean County Board virtual meeting
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County Board Chairman John McIntyre isn't counting on any federal stimulus money to provide COVID-19 relief, but said the county is well positioned to handle fiscal uncertainties the pandemic could bring next year.

Bloomington-Normal restaurant owners who shirked the governor's executive orders say they're being painted as villains. But they argue they should've had a seat at the table when COVID-19 mitigations were being developed.

Sign posted on fence outside a nursing home
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

McLean County health officials said Tuesday four more county residents have died of COVID-19 complications, while hospital capacity has become increasingly strained by a rise in more serious cases.

OSF Workers In Peoria To Receive First Vaccine Doses On Tuesday

Dec 14, 2020
OSF exterior
Jeff Smudde / WGLT / WCBU

Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to visit Peoria on Tuesday as OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center employees become the first in Illinois to receive the new COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccine drill
Eric Stock / WGLT

Two years after McLean County health officials led a full-scale disaster drill for a mass vaccination, the real thing will soon be here.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 5:55 p.m. | More than 10,000 people from McLean County have now tested positive for COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Drive-through virus testing
Lynne Sladky / AP

With plans for saliva-based testing held up at the federal level, Illinois State University will begin in-house rapid antigen testing in January.

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