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The McLean County Health Department is reporting 52 new COVID-19 cases and an additional hospitalization.

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McLean County added 212 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend—the highest weekend case count reported since mid-January.

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UPDATED 4:05 P.M. | The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) has announced its first Spanish language virtual town hall to address COVID vaccine hesitancy.

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McLean County’s COVID-19 hospitalizations and death toll continue to climb.

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McLean County health officials report a record 51 residents hospitalized with COVID-19. That comes as Bloomington-Normal hospital bed capacity constricted to just 1% of all beds available.

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Three more McLean County residents have died from COVID-19 complications.

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Some Bloomington landlords are getting stuck with huge water utility bills their tenants aren't paying during the pandemic.

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McLean County health officials on Monday reported 164 more COVID-19 cases confirmed over the weekend, as the county’s testing positivity rate dipped slightly to 5.3%.

It marks the highest weekend case count since Jan. 19. The new cases were found in a batch of about 3,100 test results returned since Friday. McLean County’s total caseload since the start of the pandemic totals 16,324.

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UPDATED 12:50 p.m. | Hundreds of Unit 5 students were quarantined in the past week as McLean County faces a third wave in coronavirus cases, this time affecting more young people.

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An advocate for those living in McLean County nursing homes says the vaccination campaign has been a huge success for residents—but she wishes more employees were taking their shot.

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UPDATED 4 p.m. | Children make up the largest percentage of new coronavirus cases in McLean County, with the number of weekly cases reaching a three-month high.

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Two more McLean County residents have died from COVID-19 complications, as the county climbs past 16,000 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

The latest fatalities are two men—one in his 40s and the other in his 60s. Neither was associated with a long-term care facility. The death toll from the pandemic is now up to 210.

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McLean County added to its record total of COVID-19 hospitalizations on Wednesday as 97% of Bloomington-Normal hospital beds are occupied.

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McLean County has set a new record for COVID-19 hospitalizations. There are currently 42 county residents being treated for coronavirus complications. The previous high was 40 hospitalizations on Jan. 7.

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The Central Illinois Regional Airport is seeing a strong start to 2021 after COVID ravaged business in 2020.

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McLean County health officials are reporting 138 more COVID-19 cases confirmed over the weekend. That comes as the county’s testing positivity rate dropped more than half a percentage point, down to 4.9%.

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Normal Town Council candidates turn the question of pandemic recovery efforts into a litmus test on the past response to the pandemic, but don't say much about what should come next.

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UPDATED 4:10 P.M. | McLean County health officials reported two more deaths related to the coronavirus pandemic on Friday as hospitalizations rose to their highest level in nearly three months.

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McLean County health officials report 77 more confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, as the county’s testing positivity rate decreased for the first time in two weeks.

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Changes made during the early stages of the pandemic are having long-lasting effects on the legal system.

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McLean County health officials added 106 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases, as the county’s testing positivity rate rose half a percentage point to 5.4%.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis sees a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

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Thirty McLean County residents are hospitalized with COVID-19 -- the highest total since mid-January and continuing a six-week trend of increasing hospitalizations.

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Only about one-fourth of McLean County jail inmates took the COVID-19 vaccine when the county hosted a clinic at the jail last week.

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McLean County health officials added 142 new confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases over the weekend, as the county’s testing positivity rate held at 4.9%.

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Illinois State University and other public higher education institutions want the Illinois Department of Public Health to require students be vaccinated for COVID-19 if they attend classes in the fall.

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UPDATED 4:20 p.m. | The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) announced Friday it has determined an additional 30 deaths are linked to COVID-19, with many them happening in December when deaths tied to the pandemic peaked.

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As vaccinations increase, some of McLean County’s COVID-19 data is trending in the wrong direction.

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Illinois State University is getting help from the National Guard to vaccinate eligible campus community members.

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McLean County Health Department Administrator Jessica McKnight said the agency has had to scale back or delay various health promotion campaigns in the last year because COVID-19 has demanded so much time and energy.

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