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Local bars and restaurants are scrambling to draw up plans after Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced he was ordering a statewide closure.

Pritzker said all bars and restaurants will close at end of business Monday until March 30 in an effort to contain the coronavirus.

Restaurants will be able to continue serving people via drive-thrus or curbside pickup.

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A Germantown Hills church attended by a Woodford County man who tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday is closed until further notice.

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A Woodford County man in his 70s is the first positive COVID-19 case in Central Illinois.

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A Central Illinois patient has tested positive for COVID-19 at a UnityPoint clinic.

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Starting Monday, Pekin City Hall and all other Pekin city facilities will close to the public in an effort to maintain "social distancing" and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The Par-A-Dice and Illinois' nine other casinos will shut off the gaming machines for 14 days in an effort to contain the coronavirus.

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The local and statewide response to the COVID-19 outbreak just ratcheted up another notch.

The Peoria Public Library will close its doors to patrons March 16-30 in an effort to stymie the spread of the coronavirus.

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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.

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Each of Peoria County's 18 school districts will make their own decisions about how to handle coronavirus concerns. 

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There currently aren't any known cases of COVID-19 in Peoria County. But officials say it's a matter of when, not if.

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WCBU is committed to bringing you the latest updates from local officials on COVID-19, including health updates, cancellations, and polling location changes. Follow along with our live feed, and check back frequently for the latest information. 

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Peoria is postponing its St. Patrick's Day Parade over COVID-19 concerns.

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UPDATE: The Illinois High School Association canceled all remaining winter activities Thursday evening, including the Boys Basketball Tournament in Peoria.

UPDATE: Bradley University has joined the long list of Illinois colleges and universities moving to on-line instruction. As with ISU, Bradley is extending spring break by a week and resuming instruction through distance learning March 30 through April 12.

The university recommends students return to their home address after March 14. There will be limited food service for students who have difficulty going home. Health services will remain open. Bradley operations and faculty and staff will continue to work as under regular conditions.

A hotline to address any campus inquiries will be available starting March 16: (309)677-1111.

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Peoria Public Schools has a plan in place if a local coronavirus outbreak forces schools to shut down.

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Local election authorities are reminding people that voting by mail is an option as fears about the coronavirus, the flu, and other illnesses dominate the headlines in the lead-up to March 17's primary.

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Peoria County, the city of Peoria and the Peoria City/County Health Department are opening a joint Emergency Operations Center in preparation for the future spread of COVID-19.


Bradley University is closely monitoring the spread of coronavirus as it may impact students studying abroad.

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U.S. businesses are battling wide-ranging problems amid the global spread of the coronavirus.

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China is facing one of its largest public health crises: the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

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Health officials are reporting the first U.S. case of person-to-person spread of the new virus from China.