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The Illinois High School Association has invited Gov. JB Pritzker’s office and representatives from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to discuss the association’s plans to hold a basketball season this winter, against the state’s recommendation.

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Bloomington-Normal’s hospitals are urging the public to follow public health guidance as they see more and more patients being admitted due to COVID-19.

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McLean County health officials announced 167 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday as the county topped 1,000 active cases for the first time since September, following outbreaks on the Illinois State University campus after students returned to campus.

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A Republican lawmaker who represents parts of McLean County said the state’s own contact tracing data does not support such a hard crackdown on indoor service at bars and restaurants.

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As McLean County enters the second week of indoor dining restrictions, restaurant owners are facing increasingly difficult decisions.

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Not long after District 87 and Unit 5 started to bring students back to the classroom, several other McLean County districts had to pull their kids out of school as coronavirus cases surged.

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Two more people from McLean County have died from COVID-related complications, as the county’s testing positivity rate climbed to its highest level in almost two months.

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Names and faces get lost in the din of COVID-19 statistics. It's easy to become numb to it. But the family of McLean County's youngest coronavirus victim wants to make sure that doesn’t happen.

State Releases Contact Tracing Data As One-Day COVID-19 Caseload Tops 10,000

Nov 6, 2020
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Gov. JB Pritzker’s administration unveiled a new central location for COVID-19 contact tracing data on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website Friday.

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UPDATED 5:25 p.m. | The McLean County Health Department on Friday reported 118 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, as the county’s testing positivity rate climbed to 7.5%.

Pritzker Warns Of Additional Restrictions As New COVID-19 Cases Soar

Nov 5, 2020
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Gov. JB Pritzker warned Thursday that additional social and economic restrictions may need to be imposed statewide in the near future if the surge in new COVID-19 cases continues on its current path.

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A McLean County woman in her 30s is the latest person to die from COVID-19 related complications.

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Some McLean County restaurants kept their dining rooms open on Wednesday, in defiance of Gov. JB Pritzker’s order to stop indoor dining in regions with high COVID-19 positivity rates.

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McLean County health officials on Wednesday reported 133 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, after taking Election Day off from crunching the numbers.

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A LeRoy family is pushing back against the narrative that young people don't have much to worry about with COVID-19.

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Indoor service at bars and restaurants in Bloomington-Normal and the Tri-County area will be prohibited starting Wednesday, as new COVID-19 mitigations go into effect.

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UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | McLean County health officials announced a 38th death due to coronavirus complications on Friday as the county’s seven-day testing positivity rate topped 6%, potentially putting the region closer to further mitigations.

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Bloomington state Sen. Bill Brady is calling again for Senate hearings on mitigation rules as coronavirus positivity rates spike statewide.

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A Republican state senator from Bloomington said Tuesday that suburban Chicago candidates need to localize their elections.

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McLean County’s seven-day testing positivity rate for the coronavirus has topped 5% for the first time since a late summer surge tied to Illinois State University students’ return to campus.

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There have been multiple lockdowns in a Pekin federal prison to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the facility, with many inmates losing contact with families during the times they are confined to their cells.

And the family of one inmate said the impact on the family and the inmate is high.

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The Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University has seen improvement in the last three months after a big drop in activity during the early part of the pandemic.

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A 34th McLean County resident has died from COVID-19 complications. The woman in her 80s was a resident of a long-term care facility.

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Top doctors in McLean County say they have a better handle on how to treat COVID-19 patients than they did at the start of the pandemic, but also say patient care is still very much trial and error.

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UPDATED 4:45 p.m. | McLean County reported two more COVID-related deaths of nursing home residents on Friday, bringing the county’s death toll from the coronavirus to 33.

The pandemic is a drag. There's no way around it. One good fix? A fuzzy, clumsy, cuddly puppy. Pet adoptions skyrocketed during the stay-at-home order in March. And the run on quarantine companions doesn't seem to be letting up.

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McLean County health officials announced 34 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the county’s seven-day testing positivity rate rose to 4.4%.

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A third wave of COVID-19 infections in Illinois is pressuring long-term care facilities in the state, including McLean County.

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McLean County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate has stabilized after a late summer spike, but the rate for the 20-county region is approaching a level that could lead to restrictions.

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Illinois State University's president does not have too much concern about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases to start the second semester.

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