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Racial disparity remains a problem in the health care field, with fewer Black men applying to, and enrolling in, medical school today than in the 1970s.

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OSF HealthCare administered just over 4,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the last three weeks in the Tri-County region, according to Chief Nursing Officer Sarah Overton.

Peoria County has discontinued use of a mobile morgue brought in amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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By the end of this week, the first few thousand residents of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties in the 1B group will have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria area's two major hospital networks have exhausted the area's first COVID-19 vaccine shipment, beginning the inoculation process for 1,801 frontline health care workers.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The quiet excitement in the room was palpable as five OSF Saint Francis Medical Center health workers sat down in a cushy blue chair one by one, rolled up their sleeves, and received their first dose of Pfizer's newly authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

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For months, health workers have been the front line of defense in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. But after several months, some have pushed themselves beyond their limits.

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A new cutting edge treatment aimed at reducing hospital admissions for high-risk COVID-19 patients is now available in central Illinois from OSF HealthCare.

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The first wave of COVID-19 vaccines could be available to some frontline health care workers and nursing home residents in central Illinois in just a matter of days or weeks.

Paul Leamon feels he’s up to the challenge of getting Distillery Labs, the technology and innovation center coming to downtown Peoria next year, off the ground.

COVID-19 related hospitalizations are reaching new peaks regionally and statewide.

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OSF HealthCare's Pandemic Health Worker Program seems to be fulfilling its goal of keeping most COVID-19 patients needing care out of the strained hospital system.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Gov. JB Pritzker warns every region in the state is still on the wrong trajectory for COVID-19 cases.

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OSF HealthCare is adapting lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to expand breast cancer screening to low-income and minority women.

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Whether in Dubai, Pittsburgh, or Peoria, Sam Kherat believes in preparing people for the 21st century workplace.

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The class of 2020 had a lot taken from them by this pandemic. Not being able to finish their senior year was hard enough, but those students who are now college freshmen are struggling with gaining independence during these strange and unpredictable times.

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More people are dealing with negative emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic, but OSF psychotherapist Bernice Gordon-Young says it's not only OK to feel that way, but you should give yourself permission to do so.

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Could Bradley University adopt the University of Illinois' COVID-19 saliva test? Probably not right away, said Bradley University President Stephen Standifird.

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A former grocery store on Knoxville Avenue has been transformed into a new medical facility that will start welcoming patients later this month.

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Peoria health experts believe the COVID-19 pandemic is having a detrimental impact on mental well-being for many people, causing an increase in stress, anxiety and depression.

“We’re facing an invisible enemy that one of the ways to try and beat it or contain it is to not be around other people,” said Ted Bender, president of UnityPlace, the behavioral health and addiction services branch of UnityPoint Health.

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Violence doesn't just traumatize the victims. It also impacts family members, witnesses--and sometimes even the perpetrators, who were previously victims themselves.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Kids will need to wear masks when they return to class next month.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria-area officials warn the region is veering into dangerous waters on its COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

A nurse no longer works at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center after making a Facebook post where she said "protesters make great hood ornaments."

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While emergency medical procedures have continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, non-emergency or “elective” surgeries and medical procedures have been put on hold.

The Peoria Innovation Hub is now officially redubbed Distillery Labs.

Jeff Smudde / WCBU

OSF HealthCare is projecting a financial hit of $330 million through the end of its fiscal year as the COVID-19 pandemic decimates patient counts in other areas of the network.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Gov. J.B. Pritzker highlighted Peoria Tuesday as a community his staff is watching closely for a potential intensive care unit (ICU) bed shortage.

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

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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.