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The latest on the coronavirus in McLean County, including daily case totals, economic impact, reopening updates, and more.



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Bloomington state Sen. Bill Brady is calling again for Senate hearings on mitigation rules as coronavirus positivity rates spike statewide.

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A Republican state senator from Bloomington said Tuesday that suburban Chicago candidates need to localize their elections.

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McLean County’s seven-day testing positivity rate for the coronavirus has topped 5% for the first time since a late summer surge tied to Illinois State University students’ return to campus.

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There have been multiple lockdowns in a Pekin federal prison to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in the facility, with many inmates losing contact with families during the times they are confined to their cells.

And the family of one inmate said the impact on the family and the inmate is high.

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The Small Business Development Center at Illinois Wesleyan University has seen improvement in the last three months after a big drop in activity during the early part of the pandemic.

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A 34th McLean County resident has died from COVID-19 complications. The woman in her 80s was a resident of a long-term care facility.

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Top doctors in McLean County say they have a better handle on how to treat COVID-19 patients than they did at the start of the pandemic, but also say patient care is still very much trial and error.

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UPDATED 4:45 p.m. | McLean County reported two more COVID-related deaths of nursing home residents on Friday, bringing the county’s death toll from the coronavirus to 33.

The pandemic is a drag. There's no way around it. One good fix? A fuzzy, clumsy, cuddly puppy. Pet adoptions skyrocketed during the stay-at-home order in March. And the run on quarantine companions doesn't seem to be letting up.

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McLean County health officials announced 34 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the county’s seven-day testing positivity rate rose to 4.4%.

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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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McLean County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate has stabilized after a late summer spike, but the rate for the 20-county region is approaching a level that could lead to restrictions.

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Illinois State University's president does not have too much concern about a potential spike in COVID-19 cases to start the second semester.

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A woman in her 90s has become the latest COVID-related death in McLean County. Her death marks the county's 31st fatality caused by the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.

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McLean County health officials have announced 76 new confirmed coronavirus cases since Friday, as the county saw an increase in hospitalizations to its highest level since the start of the pandemic.

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Unit 5 and District 87 will soon start busing kids to school for the first time since the pandemic began in March. They are the last districts in McLean County to bring kids back to the classroom, and administrators believe they can keep them safe on the buses as long as students follow the rules.

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UPDATED 5:05 P.M. | McLean County health officials announced 35 new coronavirus cases on Friday, and an equal number of patients recovering.

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Dan Muller is used to dealing with lots of unknowns heading into a basketball season. But his ninth season as Illinois State University men’s hoops coach will most certainly include more unknowns than any other.

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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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Chestnut Health Systems of Bloomington conducted an exercise Wednesday to test its preparedness to administer a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

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UPDATED 3:20 P.M. | Superintendent Barry Reilly has announced District 87 will resume in-school instruction in a hybrid format as an option for students in grades 7 through 12, starting in January.

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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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McLean County health officials announced three more COVID-related deaths Tuesday.

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McLean County health officials announced 40 new coronavirus cases on Monday as the county’s seven-day testing positivity rate rose to 4%.

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McLean County health officials announced the county’s 27th COVID-related death Sunday, along with 77 new coronavirus cases. That’s the highest single-day total in a month.

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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. 

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McLean County health officials reported 35 new coronavirus cases on Saturday while the county’s seven-day testing positivity rate held steady at 3%.

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Two more McLean County residents have died after contracting COVID-19, while several McLean County nursing homes are dealing with coronavirus outbreaks.

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The pandemic may be wrecking a lot of things for a lot of people. But one part of the economy that’s doing well is home improvement.