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The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) is suspending use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine after federal regulators recommended the vaccine be shelved because of rare reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

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Three more McLean County residents have died from COVID-19 complications.

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CDC

UPDATED 4 p.m. | Children make up the largest percentage of new coronavirus cases in McLean County, with the number of weekly cases reaching a three-month high.

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McLean County added to its record total of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday as 97% of Bloomington-Normal hospital beds are occupied.

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UPDATED 4:10 P.M. | McLean County health officials reported two more deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday as hospitalizations rose to their highest level in nearly three months.

Carle BroMenn hospital
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Thirty McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19 -- the highest total since mid-January and continuing a six-week trend of increasing hospitalizations.

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UPDATED 4:20 p.m. | The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) announced Friday it has determined an additional 30 deaths are linked to COVID-19, with many them happening in December when deaths tied to the pandemic peaked.

National Guard meeting working at table at vaccination clinic.
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McLean County trails all neighboring counties, and much of Illinois, in COVID vaccination rates despite getting larger vaccine shipments in recent weeks, according to the latest data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

COVID testing site at ISU
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McLean County’s coronavirus testing positivity rate reached its highest level in nearly two months on Tuesday as active cases grow and hospitalizations remain stable.

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McLean County has surpassed 15,000 confirmed and probable coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.

Kwame Raoul shows COVID vaccination
Illinois Attorney General's office

Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday the state will expand vaccine eligibility to include more essential workers.

COVID testing site at ISU
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McLean County reported two more COVID-related deaths on Friday to bring the county’s death toll to 177.

Man hands paper to National Guard member at vaccine clinic
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) has announced it will begin scheduling COVID vaccine appointments for all eligible first-dose recipients starting at 11 a.m. for its clinics next week. That includes those in Phases 1A, 1B and 1B+ populations.

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McLean County has reached its highest number of active COVID-19 cases in nearly a month, while hospitalizations and testing positivity remain largely stable.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) announced 24 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday. Twenty-three McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s unchanged since Friday.

Bloomington-Normal hospitals report 87% of their beds are occupied and 65% of intensive care beds are in use. Both numbers are down since Tuesday. Those hospitals have eight COVID-19 patients.

Girl sitting for COVID vaccination
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

More than 50,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been put in people’s arms in McLean County, while nearly 11% of the county’s residents have received both vaccine doses.

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The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) has announced it will begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccinations for the expanded Phase 1B+ population. The move comes weeks earlier than expected as vaccine supplies have increased across the county.

Delivering the vaccine
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McLean County dentists are taking a hands-on approach to getting their patients back in the chair, with many learning how to deliver the COVID vaccine themselves.

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The McLean County Health Department plans to open more appointments for COVID vaccinations at 11 a.m. Thursday for two first-dose clinics.

McLean County Health Department sign
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McLean County has reported two additional COVID-related deaths to bring its death toll to 175 since the pandemic began a year ago.

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Emily Bollinger / WGLT

McLean County has added its first Saturday clinic for COVID-19 vaccines after receiving an additional shipment.

Vaccination signup webpage
Eric Stock / WGLT

A volunteer group in McLean County is providing a shot in the arm for COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

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District 87 students in grades K-12 who have been going to school two days a week will receive four days of in-school instruction each week starting March 30, under a plan superintendent Barry Reilly announced on Monday.

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Robert F. Bukaty / AP

Data from the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) show a much greater risk of dying from COVID-19 the older someone is.

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Hospital bed capacity remains limited in Bloomington-Normal, even as the number of COVID-19 cases has dropped.

Vaccination sign outside clinic
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

UPDATED 3:40 P.M. | McLean County has its first COVID-19 case tied to the more contagious UK variant of the coronavirus.

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Eric Stock / WGLT

The strain on Bloomington-Normal hospitals eased slightly over the weekend due to an apparent drop in the number of COVID-19 patients.

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UPDATED 4:55 P.M. | The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) plans to resume some first-dose vaccinations next week.

sign at vaccination clinic
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The state of Illinois is expanding eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Thursday, but people with underlying medical conditions will likely still have a difficult time getting the vaccine in McLean County.

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Illinois State University plans for a “more traditional campus experience” starting next fall after the coronavirus pandemic pushed most classroom instruction online since last March.

Carle BroMenn hospital
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UPDATED 12:10 P.M. | Hospital bed capacity in Bloomington-Normal remains limited despite a steady decline in coronavirus cases.

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