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An Illinois State University student in a residence hall has tested positive for COVID-19, a university spokesperson said Tuesday.

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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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Money—and in some cases, demand—is running out to give people experiencing homelessness a place to quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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 Bloomington-Normal YMCA and YWCA of McLean County are two of the organizations that have developed plans to offer child care for families when schools resume virtual learning later this month. 

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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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College and university leaders face many tough decisions this fall about how to contain the spread of COVID-19 on their campuses. And inevitably when there are cases, those same leaders will have to decide how much information to share with their campus community, the public, and the media.

The pandemic has led to increased housing insecurity among young people in McLean County, according to a Bloomington-based nonprofit that serves them.

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Just three new cases of the coronavirus were reported Sunday in McLean County, as the testing positivity rate declined slightly.

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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.

Barry Hitchins and Amy Roser at Unit 5 school board meeting
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Now that Bloomington-Normal's public school districts have decided to begin the school year with remote learning, parents and educators have begun to scramble to arrange for child care for working parents.

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McLean County saw a slight uptick in active coronavirus cases Friday as the county announced 10 new cases, while seven patients have recovered.

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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.

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An attorney representing students at Illinois State University said he expects to get plenty of questions about off-campus lease agreements from students now that the university is moving to mostly online instruction this fall.

District 87 sign outside Bloomington Junior High School.
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Public schools in Bloomington-Normal will not open for in-person instruction this fall as planned.

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Fifteen more people have tested positive for the coronavirus in McLean County, marking the third consecutive day of double-digit cases in the county.

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The LeRoy City Council is expected to consider a measure that would require people to wear masks when in public, or potentially face a fine.

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April Anderson-Zorn

Let’s admit it: Summer 2020 has been awful. (Thanks, COVID-19.) But some in Bloomington-Normal have managed to find bright spots in an otherwise dark summer. These are WGLT’s Best Things Of The Worst Summer.

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April Anderson-Zorn is an archivist, so she knows a thing or two about what makes a moment, a person, or a thing memorable. And this summer will certainly be memorable.

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For Mary O’Brien, the physical symptoms of COVID-19—that persistent headache, congestion, extreme fatigue—were nothing compared to the emotional and social price she paid.

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Illinois State University lost the federal testing equipment it was expecting because of a Trump administration initiative to bolster testing at nursing homes, officials said Wednesday.

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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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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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Illinois State University

Illinois State University on Tuesday pointed to the unexpected loss of on-campus testing capacity and rising cases as major reasons why classes will be primarily online this fall.

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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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OSF HealthCare

Parenting during the pandemic isn’t easy. But here’s a sliver of good news: You’ve got about the perfect amount of time left to get your kiddos comfortable with wearing a mask before they go to school.

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UPDATED 8:45 p.m. | Two more inmates and two employees have now tested positive for COVID-19 at the McLean County jail, Sheriff Jon Sandage said Monday.

McLean County Health Department
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McLean County health officials announced seven new COVID-19 cases on Monday as the number of active cases dipped from a record high.

Gregg Chadwick
Heartland Community College

Despite an increase in summer enrollment, Heartland Community College in Normal anticipates low numbers for the fall semester.