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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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McLean County's COVID-19 numbers continued to improve Saturday, with hundreds of people moving into "recovered" status and the testing positivity rate falling again.

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Hundreds of complaints in Bloomington-Normal about pandemic safety rules show a disunited public attitude toward those rules, widely varying levels of public awareness about them, and striking economic pressure on businesses struggling to survive in the current landscape.

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State Farm and Country Financial plan to keep most of their employees working from home through at least the end of the year because of the pandemic.

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UPDATED: 1:40 P.M. | McLean County has been dropped from the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) COVID-19 warning list as the county's testing positivity rate continues to fall. 

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Lincoln College

Lincoln College will go back to hybrid learning Monday after a two-week quarantine and virtual learning period.

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Health officials are reporting McLean County’s 19th coronavirus-related death since the start of the pandemic.

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Comparing colleges’ COVID-19 numbers can be tricky because of the variety of approaches to testing and reporting data. A lot of Midwestern college campuses bear watching, though.

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Remote learning presents unique challenges for students from low-income families, though the principal at one such school in west Bloomington says so far they’ve managed quite well.

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Unit 5 Superintendent Kristen Weikle announced Wednesday night a planned return to in-person learning, saying the district hopes to bring students back to the classroom beginning in October “assuming that the metrics are such that we’ll be able to do so.”

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Illinois State University

Illinois State University will soon require students to be tested regularly for COVID-19, a shift in strategy that epidemiologists say is key to catching the coronavirus early, university officials said Wednesday.

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McLean County's COVID-19 testing positivity rate continued to fall Wednesday, as 28 new coronavirus cases were reported.

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Candy maker Ferrero USA says the free COVID-19 testing site it set up outside its Bloomington plant is an effort to be proactive in its efforts to help the community contain the coronavirus.

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McLean County health officials on Tuesday reported 37 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, as the county’s testing positivity rate rose slightly to 6.7%.

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UPDATED 6:10 p.m. | Two districts in McLean County that began the school year with in-person learning are shifting back to remote learning after reporting several COVID-19 cases.

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McLean County doctors and public health professionals say the pandemic has made it more important than ever to get a flu shot, and that getting one won’t increase your chances of getting COVID-19 or make it worse if you do.

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McLean County public health officials on Monday reported just 24 new coronavirus cases—the lowest single-day total in over three weeks.

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Two additional COVID-19 mobile testing sites are coming this week to Bloomington-Normal.

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McLean County's testing positivity rate has fallen to its lowest level in nearly three weeks, the health department reported Sunday.

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Illinois State University administrators fended off criticism and debunked myths surrounding COVID-19 on campus during a virtual update to the Board of Trustees on Saturday.

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UPDATED 7:35 p.m. | The YouTube stars whose COVID-reckless visit to Illinois State University sparked outrage have been temporarily stripped of the right to make money on the platform.

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A health care company based in Bloomington is part of a new clinical trial of a drug to prevent COVID-19.

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UPDATED 4:50 p.m. | McLean County health officials announced 105 new confirmed coronavirus cases Friday as the county and Illinois State University’s seven-day positivity rates both dipped below 10%.

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The owner of a Bloomington bar accused of repeatedly violating COVID-19 safety rules has hired a well-known attorney who has been at the center of resistance to public health guidance statewide.

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An 18th McLean County resident has died after contracting COVID, officials said Thursday.

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Switching to online and hybrid learning continues to be an adjustment for students, staff, and faculty at Illinois State University. To help with the adjustment, ISU's College of Arts and Sciences has recruited students to help individuals navigate the technology world.

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The McLean County Board of Health began its meeting Wednesday night with a barrage of public comment.

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Illinois State students will have to wait a bit longer for a new on-campus housing complex, an expanded nursing simulation lab, and improvements to Milner Library as the university tries to navigate an expected $44.2 million financial blow from COVID-19.

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During a visit to Illinois State University on Wednesday, Gov. JB Pritzker commended the Town of Normal for putting in needed restrictions, but said it will take personal responsibility to control the coronavirus.

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Illinois State University President Larry Dietz said Wednesday he's disappointed in the students who were out at a large outdoor party in the middle of a pandemic, and the university will consider suspending students who attended.

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The McLean County Health Department logged 36 new confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday. That’s more than the previous day, but still the second lowest single-day total in the past three weeks.

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