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McLean County COVID-19 Hospitalizations Reach 4-Month High

COVID-19 hospitalizations in McLean County reached a four-month high on Thursday, while the availability of intensive care beds in Bloomington-Normal shrunk to 4%. The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) reported 33 McLean County residents are in the hospital with COVID. That’s up three from Wednesday and the county’s highest mark since May 14, according to data provided from the health department and compiled by WGLT.
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Chicago launches new marketing campaign to boost COVID vaccine rates

CHICAGO — The city of Chicago is launching a marketing campaign to get at least 77% of adults and children over 12 vaccinated with at least one COVID-19 shot by the end of the year, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced. So far, 72.4% of adults and eligible children have received at...
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McLean County Nursing Home workers offered bonuses for getting COVID shots

NORMAL – Employees at the government-run McLean County Nursing Home will be paid a bonus of up to $1,000 for receiving the COVID-19 vaccination. Approximately 90 people work at the nursing home, and according to Illinois Department of Public Health data, 61.54% of the workers are fully vaccinated and 84.15% of the nursing home’s residents are fully vaccinated.
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Watch now: McLean County awaiting more state guidance on COVID boosters

BLOOMINGTON — The McLean County Health Department stressed Thursday that it is still awaiting further guidance from the state public health department regarding increased access to third doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Earlier in the day, advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they recommend the so-called...
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Watch now: As COVID cases surge, McLean County contact tracers have kept up

BLOOMINGTON — McLean County Health Department contact tracers have been able to shoulder the workload of the COVID-19 case surge in recent weeks. Agency spokeswoman Marianne Manko said the Illinois Department of Public Health is poised to provide its own contact tracers to aid local health departments if case volume becomes too much for them to handle in a timely manner.
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Twin Cities family contracts COVID, father dies weeks later

NORMAL (Heart of Illinois ABC) -- A 35-year-old Twin Cities man has joined the list of nearly 25,000 in Illinois who have fallen victim to COVID-19. It started when his whole family came down with the virus a few weeks ago. Now, his partner speaks about her regrets and what's next for their family.
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McLean County Reports Additional COVID Death, 72 New Cases

A woman in her 50s is the latest McLean County resident to die from COVID-19 complications. According to the McLean County Health Department (MCHD), the woman was not associated with a long-term care facility. MHCD has reported seven COVID-related deaths this month and 252 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
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McLean County Nursing Home Staff Get Paid To Get COVID Vaccine

McLean County government wants to provide a financial incentive to staff at the county-run nursing home to get the COVID vaccine. Nearly 40% of staff at the McLean County Nursing Home in Normal have not been vaccinated. The county plans to expand the state-funded incentive program to other departments in...
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Watch now: McLean County adds another COVID-related death

BLOOMINGTON — Another person has died as a result of COVID-related complications, the McLean County Health Department said Friday. A woman in her 50s is the latest local fatality attributed to COVID-19. MCHD said the woman was not affiliated with any long-term care facilities. Her death brings the county's mortality count to 252 people since last year.
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Dozens of McLean County Schools Face COVID Exposure

School-aged children make up the largest share of new coronavirus cases in McLean County. The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) on Wednesday announced 84 daily coronavirus cases and 435 cases for the week. About 29% of the weekly cases (127) involve kids age 17 and under. Those under age 12, who are not eligible for the COVID vaccine, make up 19% of new cases (83).
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