At a special meeting Thursday night, the council unanimously approved an emergency declaration ordinance that gives the city's top officials more authority to act more quickly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal and Advocate Eureka Hospital in Eureka have erected tents to handle a possible surge of patients as the new strain of coronavirus continues its spread in Central Illinois. But inpatient numbers at BroMenn and OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington are down.
Responding to stress caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois Wesleyan University is expanding its “credit/no credit” option for students. Illinois State University and Heartland Community College are also considering changes.
Tony Roma's in Bloomington temporarily closed its doors and suspended service after attempting to comply with carryout and delivery options outlined in Gov. J.B. Pritzker's order for all restaurants and bars to closing dine-in services. Employees with the restaurant navigate new life due to layoffs.
Eureka College announced Thursday that online and alternative delivery of classes will continue through the end of the semester and commencement and related senior activities are being postponed until August.
State parks remain closed in Illinois, but McLean County’s Comlara Park has reopened its trails and boat ramps, and other options also are available for those experiencing cabin fever — but not real fevers.
New federal and charitable funding will soon be available to Illinoisans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as the state on Thursday saw its largest one-day spike of new cases and deaths during the pandemic.
Some Central Illinoisans with symptoms of the new strain of coronavirus but frustrated with limited testing may get relief Saturday when a test site opens at the McLean County Fairgrounds for people who meet specific criteria.