Health and Medicine

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A new federally-qualified health center will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing to rural Peoria County residents Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Local COVID-19 cases are increasing in the Peoria area.

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More Peoria County youth are testing positive for COVID-19.

We've become accustomed to daily tallies of new COVID-19 statistics in the news. But one researcher at Western Illinois University argues absolute numbers and percentages tend to give a misleading picture when comparing different communities.

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The Heartland Health Services COVID-19 testing sites in Pekin and the East Bluff are now appointment-based.

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The Peoria Fire Department is investigating a major fire Thursday evening at the OSF Cardiovascular Institute.

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Some Illinoisans were eager to grab a bite indoors or return to their gym over the weekend, as the state moved into the next phase of the governor's reopening plan. Others chose to stay home.

Bradley University's "Return to Campus" plan will include a weekly round of COVID-19 surveillance testing among a sampling of students, faculty, and staff.

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For the first time in months, residents of Illinois long-term care facilities can once again visit with loved ones in person as Illinois moves into phase 4 of reopening.

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The Trump administration is moving to end federal funding for the COVID-19 testing site in Peoria on June 30.

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Peoria Proud is creating a registry of LGBTQ-friendly healthcare providers in central Illinois.

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Hispanic and Latinx people now account for more COVID-19 cases in Peoria County than Blacks.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is warning restaurants against flouting the governor's executive order prohibiting indoor dining as the state gradually reopens.

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The shortage of blood donations due to the COVID-19 pandemic is becoming more troublesome, as patient traffic at area hospitals revs back up.

A total of five people have now died due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Peoria nursing home.


A project to help address food insecurity and community health on the south end of Peoria is entering its next phase.

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Gov. JB Pritzker said Illinois has now conducted more than 1 million COVID-19 tests.

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The federally-funded COVID-19 testing site at the Peoria Civic Center parking lot is now open to everyone.

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All federally-funded COVID-19 testing facilities in Illinois were temporarily shut down as civil unrest stirs across the state in the wake of national discord over George Floyd's death.

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Hundreds of people clustered closely together for peaceful protests or violent outbreaks alike are a concern for public health departments still grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Heartland Health Services is permanently closing its South Peoria COVID-19 testing site.

The Tri-County region reported its largest one-day spike of new positive COVID-19 cases to date on Friday.

Twenty-seven new cases were reported, for a total of 309. Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson said most of 25 of the new cases from Peoria County were linked to University Rehab at Northmoor, which tested all residents and staff for the virus after two initial tests came back positive.

Hendrickson said a majority of the cases are asymptomatic.

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The architects of the Restore Heart of Illinois regional reopening plan say that, for all intents and purposes, their plan is now the governor's plan.

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Once a neighborhood or town becomes a food desert, it's difficult to restore a functional food system. Two central Illinois communities are trying to grow new food networks.

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Peoria's new state-run COVID-19 testing site opens this Saturday. One perk - less intimitating nasal swabs.

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Restaurants and bars are busily preparing to open back up for business outside next Friday.

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Unless your need is urgent, you probably won't be able to get in to see the dentist for a while longer.

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Handwashing is front of mind for many during the pandemic. But washing often and thoroughly is always a goal in healthcare.

The city of Galesburg is considering joining the Restore Heart of Illinois phased reopening plan led by Peoria.

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It's getting harder for health departments to convince people who were in contact with a positive COVID-19 patient to stay at home and self-quarantine.