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Jessica McKnight

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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.

An entry way to a retirement facility
Bickford of Bloomington

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

Breanna Grow / WGLT

Members of the McLean County Board of Health looked to health department administrators Wednesday night for reassurance the agency will be prepared for a potential surge in COVID-19 this winter.

Man wearing mask in grocery store
WGLT file photo

Contract tracing has been around since at least the early 20th century and it remains one of health care's most critical infectious disease responses.

Melissa Graven, McLean County Health Department's communicable disease supervisor, said tracing who infected people have been around is more critical during COVID-19 because hardly anyone is immune. 

McLean County Health Department
Eric Stock / WGLT

McLean County health officials are looking into creating a call center to answer the public’s questions about COVID-19.

COVID testing on the Quad
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Illinois State University reported 234 new coronavirus cases Saturday as McLean County's COVID-19 testing positivity rate rose to 8.7%.

McLean County Health Department sign
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

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.

Carla and Jessica at the meeting
Sarah Nardi / WGLT

The McLean County Health Department is gearing up to expand contract tracing efforts in response to rising cases of COVID-19.

Sign encouraging mask use
Eric Stock / WGLT

Gov. JB Pritzker's new emergency mask order puts the burden of enforcement on businesses, schools and daycares.

Reditus sign at COVID-19 testing site entrance
Reditus

UPDATED 9:25 a.m. | A record 405 people were tested Monday at Bloomington’s drive-thru testing site, as McLean County officials expressed concerns about delayed results.

Reditus sign at COVID-19 testing site entrance
Reditus

As parts of the country face a spike in coronavirus cases, more McLean County residents are choosing to get tested.

McLean County Health Department video briefing
Eric Stock / WGLT

One of McLean County's most public figures during the pandemic has been removed from the role after he issued a statement on public health guidance for racial justice rallies and other mass gatherings that he says put him at odds with some county officials.  

Breanna Grow / WGLT

After nearly two hours of discussion, McLean County Board members voted 12-8 Thursday night to table a resolution to implement the Restore Heart of Illinois plan

Jessica McKnight
Eric Stock / WGLT

The top public health official in McLean County says her department doesn’t have the “necessary systems in place nor resources to safely move forward on our own” with a speedier reopening plan being considered Thursday night.

medical staffer holding their nose
Nam Y. Huh / AP

McLean County hasn't had any new COVID-19 cases in the last two days, but county health officials said Wednesday it could still take weeks to determine if social distancing efforts are starting to flatten the curve in the county.

McLean County Health Department
Eric Stock / WGLT

Legal marijuana, teen vaping and rural HIV are just a few of the key issues McLean County's new health department administrator faces as she takes over a department that is seeing staff and funding cuts as more money is being devoted to mental health.

Jessica McKnight
McLean County

McLean County health officials have chosen a county health director in Missouri to lead their health department.