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Pritzker looks at hospital
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Gov. JB Pritzker has ordered schools throughout the state to remain closed for the rest of the semester because of the threat of the coronavirus.

Testing swab
Ryan Denham / WGLT

McLean County health officials announced one more COVID-19 case on Friday, bringing the county’s total to 83.

Nurse wearing a facemask
Teresa Crawford / AP

The number of COVID-19 cases in Central Illinois remains relatively low compared to Chicago and other metropolitan areas across the country, but many hospitals are still struggling to maintain an adequate supply of N95 masks without rationing and some creativity.

Woman looks thru window
Jacqueline Larma / AP

“You are my hero for today."

That’s what one senior citizen said to East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging (ECIAAA) Director Susan Real as she completed her last round of deliveries.

Heartland Community College
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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.

Bloomington-Normal elementary and middle school students are adapting to extended online classes
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Turns out kids do miss school. Well, most of them.

A bicycle repair stand.

This time of year is usually a peak period for bicycle stores as warmer weather prompts central Illinois residents to buy a set of wheels or fix up what they have in the garage. Gov. JB Pritzker's shutdown order designates bicycle stores as essential businesses. And even with the pandemic, the bicycle business is, well, peaking as usual.

Apple logo behind raindrops
Charlie Riedel / AP

The ACLU wants to make sure mobile tracking used to limit the spread of COVID-19 will protect privacy.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 3:30 p.m. | A third person from McLean County has died after contracting COVID-19, officials said Thursday.

The Show Must Go On: Music Students Conduct Virtual Performances

Apr 16, 2020
Students play in String project
Illinois State University

For college students studying music, end-of-year recitals and concerts are not only celebatory milestones but also mandatory requirements to earn their degrees. 

Signs posted along Constitution Trail
Eric Stock / WGLT

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.

Advocate BroMenn hospital
Mike McCurdy / WGLT

The health care systems that run Bloomington-Normal’s two hospitals say the federal rescue package will only cover a small part of the revenue lost from the coronavirus.

kittens up for adoption

As social distancing has limited interaction among humans, more people have found four-legged friends.

Unit 5 district offices
Staff / WGLT

Unit 5 students can’t be in class right now, but that doesn’t mean they can go without breakfast and lunch.

Many Democratic governors and a few Republican ones have called on the federal government to re-open the enrollment period for Affordable Care Act insurance programs.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is skeptical whether that would do much.

"I think it's obviously open to discussion, but let's not kid ourselves, just opening up the ACA is not going to provide affordable health care coverage to people who are going to have to pay outrageous amounts on the exchanges," said Davis, the incumbent Republican in the 13th Congressional District.

OSF digital triage center
OSF HealthCare / Courtesy

OSF HealthCare’s new home-monitoring program is officially up and running for those with COVID-19 symptoms in the Bloomington-Normal and Peoria areas.

Home Sweet Home Ministries
Facebook/Home Sweet Home Ministries

The recent federal stimulus bill includes funding to help those staying in homeless shelters move into isolation if they contract the coronavirus.

McLean County Health Department graphic
McLean County Health Department

McLean County confirmed another COVID-19 case on Wednesday, while more than 70% of those who contracted the coronavirus having recovered.

Country Financial
Country Financial

Country Financial said Wednesday it will send refund checks to its auto customers who are driving less because of the coronavirus.

Watterson Towers
Staff / WGLT

A new estimate suggests the $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package will send enough money to Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities to help make up for losses from refunded room and board fees.

Kids pay at camp

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.

McLean County Jail
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage has placed the jail on a 23-hour-per-day lockdown since last week to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Dan Brady at mic
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During a public conference call Tuesday night, state Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington, said his office has been inundated with calls from individuals and businesses looking for help applying for unemployment benefits through the Illinois Department of Employment Security

McLean County Executive Committee videoconference meeting
Eric Stock / WGLT

A McLean County Board committee is eager to send money from a seldom-used loan program to businesses struggling because of COVID-19’s economic fallout.

Abraham Lincoln statue wearing mask
Charlie Schlenker

COVID-19 has forced historians to shift from past to present so they can share stories from the pandemic with future generations.

Connie and Erik
Courtesy photos

UPDATED 8:45 a.m. | Things will be a little different Wednesday when McLean County’s political parties choose their leaders for the next two years.

McLean County COVID-19 data
McLean County Health Department

McLean County health officials said Tuesday two more people have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the county’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 81.

Joe Rosel
Joe Rosel / Courtesy

With healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, personal protective equipment has become vital to keep them safe. While masks are one of the most important tools used for protection, wearing one for long hours in a hot environment can cause extreme skin irritation.

CIRA signage
Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 8:15 a.m. | Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington will receive $4.6 million from the coronavirus rescue package to help recover from the pandemic, the FAA announced Tuesday.

Caleb Phillips tending to garden
Janice Turner

COVID-19 has raised concerns about supply chains and timely delivery to stores. That includes the most important supply chain – food.