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State Health Officials Issue Halloween Guidance

Sep 30, 2020
Dr. Ngozi Ezike

The state announced Halloween COVID-19 guidance encouraging social distancing while trick-or-treating, and the governor took questions in a virtual news conference Wednesday.

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Four people have been issued $750 fines for allegedly violating the Town of Normal’s COVID-19 executive order prohibiting large gatherings near Illinois State University’s campus, officials said.

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The local COVID-19 testing positivity rate dipped to 2.4% Wednesday, with the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reporting three new confirmed cases.

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McLean County health officials announced eight new confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday as the county’s seven-day testing positivity rate increased to 2.8%, still below state and national rates.

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McLean County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate held at 2.6%, as health officials reported 15 new confirmed cases Monday.

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McLean County's testing positivity rate continued to fall Sunday, even as 44 new coronavirus cases were reported.

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UPDATED 11:55 a.m. | A 23rd person from McLean County has died after contracting COVID-19, the health department reported Saturday.

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McLean County health officials reported 19 new confirmed coronavirus cases Friday as the number of active cases and positivity rate continue to drop.

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Hand-washing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. And it’s also the main reason why the Normal Public Library is still closed, even as other public spaces have reopened.

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UPDATED 6:30 p.m. | McLean County health officials are reporting two more COVID-related deaths, including the youngest area resident to succumb to the virus to date.

Andrea Schwalb
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As Andrea Schwalb of Bloomington fought for her life, she had a nickname for COVID-19.

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District 87 parents have said the remote learning experience has generally been good, except for those with young children.

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Bloomington Normal's public bus system will continue free rides through the first week in November.

The Connect Transit board has suspended fare collections on fixed route and Connect Mobility Paratransit services as part of its response to the pandemic.

State-Regulated Utilities Extend Shutoff Moratorium To Winter 2021

Sep 23, 2020
"Thermostat" by midnightcomm is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Several state-regulated utilities have voluntarily extended a moratorium on disconnections into next year after requests from the Illinois Commerce Commission. 

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There are now 12 people in McLean County with COVID-19 who are hospitalized—a new record high.

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Electric vehicle production in Normal is helping boost another transportation option: air travel.

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Marisa Hardwick isn’t surprised there are now more than twice as many cases of COVID-19 on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus than previously predicted by university researchers.

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UPDATED 3:35 p.m. | A 20th person from McLean County has died after contracting COVID-19, the health department said Tuesday.

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McLean County on Monday reported its fewest number of new COVID-19 cases in over a month, as its testing positivity rate held steady.

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McLean County's COVID-19 testing positivity rate continued to fall Sunday, as public health officials reported community spread across many age groups.

McLean County Health Department sign
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McLean County's COVID-19 numbers continued to improve Saturday, with hundreds of people moving into "recovered" status and the testing positivity rate falling again.

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Eric Stock / WGLT

Hundreds of complaints in Bloomington-Normal about pandemic safety rules show a disunited public attitude toward those rules, widely varying levels of public awareness about them, and striking economic pressure on businesses struggling to survive in the current landscape.

Country Financial
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State Farm and Country Financial plan to keep most of their employees working from home through at least the end of the year because of the pandemic.

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UPDATED: 1:40 P.M. | McLean County has been dropped from the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) COVID-19 warning list as the county's testing positivity rate continues to fall. 

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Lincoln College

Lincoln College will go back to hybrid learning Monday after a two-week quarantine and virtual learning period.

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Health officials are reporting McLean County’s 19th coronavirus-related death since the start of the pandemic.

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Comparing colleges’ COVID-19 numbers can be tricky because of the variety of approaches to testing and reporting data. A lot of Midwestern college campuses bear watching, though.

Karen with her students
Facebook / Irving Elementary School

Remote learning presents unique challenges for students from low-income families, though the principal at one such school in west Bloomington says so far they’ve managed quite well.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Kristen Weikle announced Wednesday night a planned return to in-person learning, saying the district hopes to bring students back to the classroom beginning in October “assuming that the metrics are such that we’ll be able to do so.”

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Illinois State University

Illinois State University will soon require students to be tested regularly for COVID-19, a shift in strategy that epidemiologists say is key to catching the coronavirus early, university officials said Wednesday.