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

McLean County Nursing Home
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The McLean County Nursing Home in Normal is seeing a spike in coronavirus cases.

Social distancing sign
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McLean County has had additional morgue space since the start of the pandemic, but Coroner Kathy Yoder said the county has only needed it once.

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UPDATED 4:25 P.M. | December is now the deadliest month for COVID-19 in McLean County. Health officials reported four more deaths on Friday, bringing this month’s death toll to 19. Sixty-nine people from McLean County have died since the start of the pandemic.

Peggy Parker standing in store
Peggy Parker

The pandemic has hurt many small businesses, but it's been especially tough for those that rely mostly on foot traffic. The pandemic has forced many mom-and-pop businesses to learn how to sell online.

encased emergency defibrillator
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A non-profit that has provided defibrillators to schools, churches and businesses in McLean County for two decades is shutting down at the end of the year.

McLean County Health Department sign
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The McLean County Health Department on Thursday reported three more COVID-related deaths tied to long-term care facilities.

The Unit 5 school voted Wednesday night to formally dismiss a teacher charged with sexually abusing his students. Those charges were later dropped.

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The McLean County Health Department reported 117 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the county’s testing positivity rate remained just above 9%.

Mark Fellheimer
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Reinforced precautions are in place at Eleventh Judicial Circuit courthouses, including in McLean County, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bloomington Mayor Tari Renner is isolating at home after receiving a positive test for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Renner said he immediately sought a test after his son tested positive.

Renner told WGLT in an interview Tuesday evening he "sort of lost his voice" the day before Thanksgiving and had some upper respiratory symptoms six days later.

Bar entrance
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Five Bloomington businesses have paid $400 fines to the city for violating the state’s ban on indoor dining during the coronavirus pandemic, city officials said Tuesday.

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McLean County health officials on Tuesday reported four more COVID-19 related deaths. The three women in their 80s and man in his 90s were all residents of long-term care facilities.

The McLean County death toll is now 62 since the start of the pandemic. Twelve of those deaths have come since the start of the month. October was the deadliest month so far, with 15 coronavirus-related deaths.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 108 new confirmed cases on Tuesday. Those positive results were found from a batch of about 900 tests returned in the past 24 hours.

Hospital patient in bed
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A batch of newly released government data shows just how quickly McLean County’s second wave of COVID-19 hit Bloomington-Normal’s two hospitals.

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Retirements have accelerated in the last year, as the pandemic closes businesses, cuts hours and puts workers at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus.

LaSalle Veterans Home Administrator Fired, Nursing Director Placed On Leave

Dec 7, 2020
Andre speaks at hearing
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The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs announced Monday that LaSalle Veterans’ Home Administrator Angela Mehlbrech has been fired after a deadly COVID-19 outbreak at the LaSalle facility has resulted in at least 32 resident deaths. 

Rodney Davis
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Monday he is “pretty pessimistic” that a deal on more coronavirus relief is imminent, though if it happens he wants assistance for small businesses and airlines to be front and center.

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The McLean County Health Department on Monday reported 263 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, as the county’s testing positivity rate dropped to 9.3%.

Gov. JB Pritzker standing while wearing a mask
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Health officials gave an update on the state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan Friday with potential federal approval anticipated as early as next week.

Drive-through virus testing
Lynne Sladky / AP

Illinois State University plans up to 20,000 rapid coronavirus tests per week with the help of a new lab.

Reditus testing site
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UPDATED 5:25 P.M. | McLean County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate dropped below 11% on Friday after a week of gradual increases.

Staff serving meals at Salvation Army
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Bloomington-Normal homeless shelters have kept the coronavirus out of their living quarters, but the safety precautions come at a cost at a time of year when demand for services is greater than ever.

McLean County Health Department sign
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Bloomington-Normal hospitals are almost completely out of space for new patients.

Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University
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The head of Illinois Wesleyan University’s coronavirus response said COVID-19 compliance on campus was generally good during the fall semester, but it was a learning process for both students and staff." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

Unit 5 signage

Significant community spread of COVID-19 will keep Unit 5 students in all-remote learning through the holidays.

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The McLean County Health Department on Tuesday reported six more COVID-19 related deaths. That’s the highest single-day death toll since the start of the pandemic.

Jessica McKnight speaking
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The McLean County Health Department is getting closer to its target of having enough contact tracers available to deal with the rise in novel coronavirus infections in Bloomington-Normal and around the region.

Advocate Bromenn Hospital
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COVID-19 has created a health care logjam as new cases rise, but hospitals aren't the only ones strained for space and staffing." class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">