Coronavirus | WGLT


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



Ways to Connect

picnic tables under an outdoor tent
Facebook/The Town Well

Bar and restaurant owners in McLean County have had to get creative to keep customers during the pandemic. But one key feature that's likely been the biggest boost, expanded outdoor dining, is fading fast as fall approaches, and they are now bracing for a long, cold winter with less room for customers.

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.

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

The McLean County Health Department reported 19 new coronavirus cases on Monday, as the testing positivity rate ticked up slightly.

Cars at the testing site
Reditus Labs

There were 46 new coronavirus cases reported Saturday, as McLean County's testing positivity rate rose a full percentage point.

People holding protest signs
Eric Stock / WGLT

With District 87 planning a return to in-person learning for elementary students, some parents think keeping the remote learning option isn't enough. They say the hybrid format doesn't sufficiently reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection and stunts progress kids are finally starting to make with virtual learning.

Heroes sign outside Carle Bromenn
Mike McCurdy / WGLT

McLean County has reached a new record with 13 COVID-19 hospitalizations, up two from Thursday.

Exterior of Unit 5 offices
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

Even with COVID-19 case numbers falling in Bloomington-Normal in recent weeks, a lot of Unit 5 school district parents don't want their kids returning to the classroom.

The district has reported parents of 22.6% of students have chosen to stay with remote learning when Unit 5 goes back to a hybrid class schedule starting Oct. 19. That's about 2,829 students roughly evenly distributed across grade levels.

Trick or treaters
Staff / WGLT

The Town of Normal and City of Bloomington said Thursday that families are discouraged from door-to-door trick-or-treating this year because of COVID-19. But local officials also offered guidance if families choose to do it anyway.

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The McLean County Health Department reported 21 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, as two more people were admitted to the hospital.

Walk-up testing site
Christine Herman / Illinois Newsroom

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s saliva-based COVID-19 test has never operated under emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, despite prior claims that it did, an FDA spokesperson tells Illinois Newsroom.

State Health Officials Issue Halloween Guidance

Sep 30, 2020
Dr. Ngozi Ezike

The state announced Halloween COVID-19 guidance encouraging social distancing while trick-or-treating, and the governor took questions in a virtual news conference Wednesday.

Normal Police HQ
Staff / WGLT

Four people have been issued $750 fines for allegedly violating the Town of Normal’s COVID-19 executive order prohibiting large gatherings near Illinois State University’s campus, officials said.

Emily Bollinger / WGLT

The local COVID-19 testing positivity rate dipped to 2.4% Wednesday, with the McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reporting three new confirmed cases.

microscopic image of COVID-19

McLean County health officials announced eight new confirmed coronavirus cases Tuesday as the county’s seven-day testing positivity rate increased to 2.8%, still below state and national rates.

Reditus Labs

McLean County’s COVID-19 testing positivity rate held at 2.6%, as health officials reported 15 new confirmed cases Monday.

Lincoln masks
Ashley Binkowski / WGLT

McLean County's testing positivity rate continued to fall Sunday, even as 44 new coronavirus cases were reported.

MCHD signage
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

UPDATED 11:55 a.m. | A 23rd person from McLean County has died after contracting COVID-19, the health department reported Saturday.

Man wearing mask leaning into vehicle to speak with driver

McLean County health officials reported 19 new confirmed coronavirus cases Friday as the number of active cases and positivity rate continue to drop.

Normal library
Staff / WGLT

Hand-washing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. And it’s also the main reason why the Normal Public Library is still closed, even as other public spaces have reopened.

MCHD signage
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

UPDATED 6:30 p.m. | McLean County health officials are reporting two more COVID-related deaths, including the youngest area resident to succumb to the virus to date.

Andrea Schwalb
Obituary Photo

As Andrea Schwalb of Bloomington fought for her life, she had a nickname for COVID-19.

Barry Reilly seated at desk wearing a mask
Eric Stock / WGLT

District 87 parents have said the remote learning experience has generally been good, except for those with young children.

Transit buses
Staff / WGLT

Bloomington Normal's public bus system will continue free rides through the first week in November.

The Connect Transit board has suspended fare collections on fixed route and Connect Mobility Paratransit services as part of its response to the pandemic.

State-Regulated Utilities Extend Shutoff Moratorium To Winter 2021

Sep 23, 2020
"Thermostat" by midnightcomm is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Several state-regulated utilities have voluntarily extended a moratorium on disconnections into next year after requests from the Illinois Commerce Commission. 

McLean County Health Department sign
Staff / WGLT

There are now 12 people in McLean County with COVID-19 who are hospitalized—a new record high.

Carl Olson speaking at podium
Eric Stock / WGLT

Electric vehicle production in Normal is helping boost another transportation option: air travel.

U of I testing site
Lee V. Gaines / Illinois Newsroom

Marisa Hardwick isn’t surprised there are now more than twice as many cases of COVID-19 on the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus than previously predicted by university researchers.

Please Do Not Enter Without Mask signage
Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 3:35 p.m. | A 20th person from McLean County has died after contracting COVID-19, the health department said Tuesday.

Reditus sign at COVID-19 testing site entrance

McLean County on Monday reported its fewest number of new COVID-19 cases in over a month, as its testing positivity rate held steady.

Signage in Uptown Normal
Emily Bollinger / WGLT

McLean County's COVID-19 testing positivity rate continued to fall Sunday, as public health officials reported community spread across many age groups.