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McLean County's COVID-19 testing positivity rate continued to fall Wednesday, as 28 new coronavirus cases were reported.

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Candy maker Ferrero USA says the free COVID-19 testing site it set up outside its Bloomington plant is an effort to be proactive in its efforts to help the community contain the coronavirus.

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McLean County health officials on Tuesday reported 37 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as the county’s testing positivity rate rose slightly to 6.7%.

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UPDATED 6:10 p.m. | Two districts in McLean County that began the school year with in-person learning are shifting back to remote learning after reporting several COVID-19 cases.

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McLean County doctors and public health professionals say the pandemic has made it more important than ever to get a flu shot, and that getting one won’t increase your chances of getting COVID-19 or make it worse if you do.

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McLean County public health officials on Monday reported just 24 new coronavirus cases—the lowest single-day total in over three weeks.

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Two additional COVID-19 mobile testing sites are coming this week to Bloomington-Normal.

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McLean County's testing positivity rate has fallen to its lowest level in nearly three weeks, the health department reported Sunday.

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Illinois State University administrators fended off criticism and debunked myths surrounding COVID-19 on campus during a virtual update to the Board of Trustees on Saturday.

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UPDATED 7:35 p.m. | The YouTube stars whose COVID-reckless visit to Illinois State University sparked outrage have been temporarily stripped of the right to make money on the platform.

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A health care company based in Bloomington is part of a new clinical trial of a drug to prevent COVID-19.

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UPDATED 4:50 p.m. | McLean County health officials announced 105 new confirmed coronavirus cases Friday as the county and Illinois State University’s seven-day positivity rates both dipped below 10%.

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The owner of a Bloomington bar accused of repeatedly violating COVID-19 safety rules has hired a well-known attorney who has been at the center of resistance to public health guidance statewide.

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An 18th McLean County resident has died after contracting COVID, officials said Thursday.

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Switching to online and hybrid learning continues to be an adjustment for students, staff, and faculty at Illinois State University. To help with the adjustment, ISU's College of Arts and Sciences has recruited students to help individuals navigate the technology world.

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The McLean County Board of Health began its meeting Wednesday night with a barrage of public comment.

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Illinois State students will have to wait a bit longer for a new on-campus housing complex, an expanded nursing simulation lab, and improvements to Milner Library as the university tries to navigate an expected $44.2 million financial blow from COVID-19.

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During a visit to Illinois State University on Wednesday, Gov. JB Pritzker commended the Town of Normal for putting in needed restrictions, but said it will take personal responsibility to control the coronavirus.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said Wednesday he's disappointed in the students who were out at a large outdoor party in the middle of a pandemic, and the university will consider suspending students who attended.

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The McLean County Health Department logged 36 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday. That’s more than the previous day, but still the second lowest single-day total in the past three weeks.

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Community service clubs are in it for the people. Members socialize. They hold events in the community. They give to their neighbors through service projects. All of those thing are hard to pull off in a socially distanced way, but Bloomington-Normal rotary clubs are adapting.

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Heartland Head Start has welcomed some children back into classrooms for the first time since mid-March.

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The Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s chief judge says he and his colleagues are ready to hear requests for orders that would force COVID-positive people to quarantine if they’re not willing to do so voluntarily.

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UPDATED 12:45 p.m. | McLean County on Tuesday reported its lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in three weeks, though a slowdown in testing at Illinois State University is likely a big reason why.

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Multicultural Leadership Institute

A program that trains aspiring leaders in McLean County has some new leaders of its own and a new vision to address two of the biggest issues of our time.

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Two more people with COVID-19 are hospitalized, as McLean County health officials on Monday reported 46 new cases across many age groups, including nine children.

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McLean County health officials reported 55 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the lowest number in over a week. But that came amid a steep decline in testing at Illinois State University, where on-campus testing sites are closed for the Labor Day weekend.

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McLean County's testing positivity rate reached a new high Saturday, as authorities warned against risky behavior over the Labor Day weekend.

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The Bloomington Police Department said Friday it will conduct compliance checks at bars this holiday weekend, the latest new strategy aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in McLean County.

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Illinois State University admissions officials said pandemic-related fears of a precipitous decline in enrollment did not materialize, with total enrollment falling by less than 1% from the previous year.

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