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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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Eric Stock / WGLT

Gov. JB Pritzker's decision to close bars and restaurants for the next two weeks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was just the latest in a series of developments that have upended the food service industry in Illinois in recent days.

Custodian cleans schools
Tony Dejak / AP

Bloomington-Normal students and teachers got their first taste of their new reality Monday as schools began what will be at least a two-week shutdown because of the coronavirus.

Normal City Hall
Staff / WGLT

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

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Chicago Farmer and the Fieldnotes at a recent show at FitzGeralds in Berwyn, IL
Ron Horne

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s order that all bars and restaurants in Illinois shut down until at least March 30 has delivered another blow to independent musicians already devastated in just the last week from the damage brought by the coronovirus.

McLean County Law and Justice Center
Ralph Weisheit / WGLT

The McLean County courthouse will hear only the most serious and urgent cases for the next several weeks in hopes of reducing the spread of the coronavirus.

Charlie Schlenker / WGLT

As the coronavirus pandemic forces the nation to disconnect from usual routines, communities of faith tried all the harder to hold on to each other and offer solace. Many turned to worship online, some as a regular part of the program, others for the first time, using meeting programs such as Zoom.

Sign outside polling place
Jacob DeGeal

Among the many uncertainties the coronavirus has created in central Illinois is election turnout.

"That is the question of the decade," said McLean County Clerk Kathy Michael.

JB Pritzker
Vishesh Anand / Illinois Public Media

Gov. JB Pritzker on Sunday ordered bars and restaurants to be closed to the public starting Monday through March 30.

McLean County Nursing Home
Eric Stock / WGLT

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

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CDC

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

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Tim Shelley / WCBU

The first downstate cases of coronavirus disease were announced Saturday. Two are in Central Illinois.

J.B. Pritzker closeup
Amr Alfiky / AP

UPDATED 5:30 p.m. | Gov. JB Pritzker announced Friday that all schools in Illinois will be closed from Tuesday, March 17, through Monday, March 30, due to the coronavirus.

Pritzker said keeping people at home — including school kids and their parents — is critical for stopping the spread of the coronavirus disease.

Renner and Carrillo at the meeting
Breanna Grow / WGLT

A Bloomington City Council member is trying to build support for an emergency planning meeting between local governments in hopes of enacting “humane and compassionate” measures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Women eat at JJ's
Staff / WGLT

The coronavirus is about the exact an economic cost on the many businesses and workers who rely on consumer spending from Illinois State University students.

Nightshop
Staff / WGLT

The coronavirus pandemic is scary for many who live on tight margins or don’t have the security of a steady paycheck. That includes independent musicians, venue owners, promoters, and others whose livelihood depends on a thriving and functioning arts and music scene.

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The Bloomington-Normal hotel industry started 2020 off strong.

Booking were solid thanks to big events like the Illinois High School Theatre Festival at Illinois State University. And Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington hosted three state finals for wrestling, competitive cheer, and competitive dance.

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The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

Students walk in the quad
Cindy Le / WGLT

Illinois State University continues to work to retrieve students studying abroad. At the start of the semester spokesperson Eric Jome says that number was about 116 students in other countries.

Man walks down hallway at empty school
Alvaro Barrientos / AP

Concerns about the coronavirus in Bloomington-Normal have led to several canceled or rescheduled events, plus other closures and changes. See our updated list below.

Daniel Jenky giving blessings
South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin, Pool / AP

The Catholic Diocese of Peoria will be closing its schools next week, including Central Catholic High School and Corpus Christi and St. Mary's grade schools in Bloomington and Epiphany school in Normal, due to concerns about COVID-19.

State Farm HQ
Staff / WGLT

UPDATED 7:30 a.m. | State Farm late Thursday issued an updated statement clarifying how it plans to allow most employees to work from home.

Nurse with a test
Martin Meissner / AP

"Limited resources" continue to restrict who can be tested for COVID-19 in McLean County, officials said Thursday.

Young America
Courtesy

The Young America apartment management company is offering around 100 vacant beds rent-free to Illinois State University students displaced by the coronavirus.

People stranded at airport
Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

The coronavirus story is developing quickly in Illinois. Here are updates from WGLT's newsroom and our partners at Illinois Public Radio, NPR, and The Associated Press.

Heartland building exterior
Carleigh Gray / WGLT

While Illinois State University has told students to stay away due to the coronavirus, Illinois Wesleyan and Heartland Community College have yet to take similar extraordinary measures.

Martin Health Center
Westminster Village

Concerns about the coronavirus prompted the two election authorities in McLean County to move several polling sites less than one week before the Illinois primary election.

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Special Olympics Illinois / Twitter

Special Olympics Illinois has canceled its state basketball tournament this weekend in Bloomington-Normal and Peoria.

District 87 headquarters
Eric Stock / WGLT

The state schools superintendent is telling school districts to prepare for digital learning days if the coronavirus prompts extended school closings.

Child getting a vaccine
Nam Y. Huh / AP

Health care workers in Central Illinois say they are better prepared to respond to the coronavirus than previous pandemics because of digital technology.

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