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McLean County saw an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations on Thursday as its rate of new cases and positive testing dipped.

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Illinois State University trustees will consider a contract to use space in two hotels to house any potential overflow of students who become sick, or who have come in close contact with someone who tests positive for the coronavirus.

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McLean County health officials announced 44 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday as the county’s seven-day testing positivity rate reached its highest level in five weeks.

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The rights of a McLean County jail inmate were violated after medical staff failed to give him medication  needed for his epilepsy, according to a substantiated complaint filed with the Regional Human Rights Authority (HRA) of the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission.

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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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The Cty of Bloomington is getting $2 million from the federal government to remove lead from 92 housing units.

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Reditus

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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Lincoln College

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

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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 huge gap between the capacity at the University of Illinois and the capacity at Illinois State University to test for the virus that causes COVID-19 may soon disappear.

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McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight said Friday it’s too soon to say whether the county will see restrictions or other mitigation actions stemming from the recent surge in coronavirus cases, but that it's up to everyone to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said Monday he's closely monitoring the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases among students.

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The first McLean County community is on record opposing a mask ordinance.

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McLean County health officials announced three new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, while two COVID-19 patients have been released from hospitalization.

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Reditus

McLean County health officials announced 14 new coronavirus cases and one hospitalization on Wednesday, while the number of active cases dropped.

McLean County Health Department
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McLean County saw its number of active COVID-19 cases drop for the third consecutive day as the rate of recovery has exceeded the number of new cases.

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Businesses that violate Gov. JB Pritzker's new mask order could face more than just fines for not complying during the coronavirus pandemic. They could lose customers.

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The Illinois State University administration has asked the board of trustees to approve spending up to $3.3 million for coronavirus surveillance testing of students on campus through the end of the year.

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McLean County saw a drop in active COVID-19 cases on Monday as the county added six new cases, and  22 more patients have recovered from the coronavirus.

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McLean County Health Department

The McLean County Health Department reported 28 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.

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The Illinois State University Lab Schools are following Unit 5 and District 87 in telling parents and families the fall term will start with online classes.

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Gov. JB Pritzker has created new enforcement rules for mask wearing.

Pritzker said the statewide emergency order allows warnings and then fines of up to $2,500 against businesses and other organizations that do not ensure that people wear masks on the premises. He said Friday during a news conference many businesses already do this, but some do not.

McLean County Health Department sign
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McLean County health officials announced 13 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday as the number of active cases dropped slightly.

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Reditus

The Pekin company that manages COVID-19 testing in Bloomington, Peoria and five other locations in Illinois has seen a sharp increase in demand, but the head of the company said it has taken steps to manage that demand.

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Masks have saved thousands of lives during the pandemic, but they also have affected people who are deaf or hard of hearing and how they communicate with others.

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McLean County has witnessed another resurgence in COVID-19 with 18 new cases reported on Tuesday, though the county’s coronavirus hospitalizations remain at two.

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McLean County health officials announced 18 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday even as the county's testing positivity rate drops amid record testing.

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McLean County health officials announced 14 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

Car driving up to COVID-19 testing site
Reditus

McLean County health officials announced 11 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday even as the county’s seven-day testing positivity rate dipped slightly to 2%.

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