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A Peoria-area grassroots collaborative is churning out thousands of homemade masks for healthcare workers.

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center will soon collect plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to help newly diagnosed patients fight the disease as part of a new convalescent plasma therapy.

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The Pekin City Council passed an ordinance Monday allowing police to fine citizens or businesses for violating Gov. J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home executive order aimed at containing the coronavirus.

Bradley University President Gary Roberts said the institution is preparing to potentially slash operating expenses by 25 percent, or $40 million, as the COVID-19 pandemic deals a blow to the already financially-struggling school.

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Tazewell County's first COVID-19 related death was a man in his 80s living at an East Peoria assisted care facility.

The COVID-19 outbreak is forcing businesses to close their doors -- some temporarily and others for good. But one Peoria business owner recently decided to brave the uncertainty and opened his doors for the first time.

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A local doctor returning from a recent deployment with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria helped assess alternative care sites across the state.

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A 91-year-old man is the Tri-County area's first COVID-19 linked death.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is reporting the area's first COVID-19 related death.

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More positive COVID-19 tests are coming back in Central Illinois - including the first confirmed cases in Stark and Mason counties.

Virus Brings Online Classes Into Focus

Apr 4, 2020

In an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, colleges across the country including Bradley University and Illinois Central College have moved to online classes allowing students to continue their education from home.

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The city of Pekin is closing off access to the riverfront after people continued to gather there in violation of the governor's stay-at-home order.

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Local medical students are gathering personal protective equipment for healthcare workers on the frontlines.

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Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion said more people are going outside in groups as the weather warms up. But he's asking people to adhere the governor's stay-at-home-order.

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OSF Saint Francis Chief Nursing Officer Jen Hopwood said the hospital has boosted its bed counts to prepare for an influx of COVID-19 patients.

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The federal government is gearing up to send the first round of direct payments to help individuals through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The city of Peoria is preparing for what happens if it doesn't receive state revenues for its firefighters' pension fund on time due to the COVID-19 money flow crunch.

Central Illinois Hotels Suffer in Silence

Apr 2, 2020
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With the coronavirus sweeping across the country, the hospitality industry in central Illinois faces its biggest challenge since 9/11.

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Peoria City/County Health Department medical director Dr. Gregg Stoner said the local COVID-19 infection and death projections he's seen give a real sense why social distancing measures like the stay-at-home order are necessary.

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An Illinois nonprofit is offering two months' of mortgage or rent payments to help people out during the COVID-19 crisis.

Central Illinois Art Scene Upended By Virus

Apr 1, 2020
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Central Illinois artists are also among the many casualties in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus.

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis is asking residents to call the non-emergency police number if they spot large gatherings defying the governor's extended stay-at-home order.

The USDA approved a waiver allowing families on the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food program to substitute other milk products when coupon-eligible milk isn't available.

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Drive-thru COVID-19 testing similar to what rolled out in McLean County this past weekend isn't here in Peoria - yet.

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The Tri-County hospitals are now reporting the number of COVID-19 related cases in their intensive care units.

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Illinois unemployment claims skyrocketed from 10,000 the week ending March 14 to more than 114,000 the following week.

Caterpillar is "indefinitely" laying off an unspecified number of employees at its East Peoria Building KK plant.

Heart of Illinois Harvest volunteers are still on the case.


A Bradley University student enrolled in the Semester Abroad program has tested positive for COVID-19.

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) is applauding the passage of the CARES Act - the single largest relief package in American history.