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Nursing home operators are grateful long-awaited COVID-19 vaccines have started to make it to their facilities.

The pace of new COVID-19 infections at long-term care facilities in McLean County has slowed as vaccinations increase in those facilities and among those over the age of 65. Seven facilities with previous active outbreaks have had no new cases in two weeks.

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Nursing home operators say once the coronavirus is in a community, it's nearly impossible to keep it out of their facilities.

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McLean County health officials on Tuesday reported four more COVID-19 related deaths. The three women in their 80s and man in his 90s were all residents of long-term care facilities.

The McLean County death toll is now 62 since the start of the pandemic. Twelve of those deaths have come since the start of the month. October was the deadliest month so far, with 15 coronavirus-related deaths.

The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 108 new confirmed cases on Tuesday. Those positive results were found from a batch of about 900 tests returned in the past 24 hours.

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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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Nursing home managers in McLean County are scrambling to get COVID-19 tests after Gov. JB Pritzker ordered long-term care facilities to test all residents and staff.

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The Bloomington nursing home that has become McLean County’s largest COVID-19 outbreak—with six deaths and dozens infected—struggled to provide quality care and adequate staffing even before the virus hit, according to government inspections.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health has fined a Bloomington nursing home $25,000 for letting a 49-year-old woman with dementia wander away from the facility in stockinged feet.

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A Bloomington nursing home has been placed on a federal watch list that accuses it of "substantially failing" to meet required care standards.