Peoria City/County Health Department

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

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Nine employees of the Peoria City/County Health Department play a vital role in the community's COVID-19 battle. They're contact tracers--tasked with figuring out how the virus is spreading in Peoria County, and containing it.

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Trick-or-treating will be allowed in Peoria on Halloween, but that doesn't necessarily mean officials are recommending it.

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Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson said they're keeping a close eye on Bradley University to see if the two-week all-student quarantine is getting the COVID-19 spread on campus under control.

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Food insecurity and the invasive Asian carp are two familiar, longstanding issues in Peoria. But a new stakeholder group believes they've discovered a way to use one problem to solve another.

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Peoria County has dropped out of the state's list of "coronavirus warning level" counties. But Peoria City/County Health Department Monica Hendrickson said that's not necessarily good news.

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West Central Illinois is just a few days away from implementing new COVID-19 restrictions if trends don't begin to reverse.

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Bradley University said a COVID-19 outbreak among 12 students was traced back to a small, off-campus gathering where no mask-wearing or social distancing happened.

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The Peoria City/County Health Department is issuing a health advisory after state public health officials declared the county one of four statewide currently at a "warning level" for the coronavirus.

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Update 12:30 p.m. - Peoria County is now officially at warning level for COVID-19, along with LaSalle, Randolph, and Adams counties.

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

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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.

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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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Morton Mayor Jeff Kaufman said while he likes both the Restore Heart of Illinois and Tri-County regional reopening plans, there's a major stumbling block that makes him wary of adopting it without the governor's blessing - liability.

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Peoria officials said Friday they'll be ready to implement their regional phased reopening plan in the next week or so.

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The 11-county "Heart of Illinois" subregion plans to implement its own, speedier reopening plan independently of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's "Restore Illinois" plan, which lumps Peoria in with the Quad Cities and Rockford in reopening phases.

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Peoria County Board Chairman Andrew Rand says the Bloomington COVID-19 drive-thru test site will move to the Peoria Civic Center this week.

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The closure of Bloomington's drive-thru COVID-19 testing site this Thursday means more traffic from Bloomington-Normal may come through the Peoria area's four community-based testing sites.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker's newly unveiled "Restore Illinois" plan splits the state into four "health regions" which could potentially reopen at different paces.

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East Peoria Mayor John Kahl announced Friday he is forging ahead with his Tri-County Phased Reopening Plan in the face of Governor J.B. Pritzker's modified stay-at-home order.

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It won't be health professionals or local politicians who ultimately set the pace of reopening the region. It's COVID-19 itself.

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A week after the first Heartland Health Services COVID-19 testing site opened, nearly half of all new cases diagnosed in Peoria County are stemming from swabs collected at the new community clinics.

Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said it's time for the governor to talk with downstate leaders about a process to begin reopening their economies before the end of May.

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Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis said while many were disappointed to hear the governor is extending the stay-at-home order through the end of May, it's important for people to continue adhering to it.

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Heartland Health Services is opening up testing to all adults displaying COVID-19 symptoms at its East Bluff site.

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Peoria's first expanded COVID-19 testing site opens Tuesday at the Heartland Health Services East Bluff clinic.

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Heartland Health Services will soon be offering expanded COVID-19 testing in Peoria.

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Peoria NAACP president Marvin Hightower is lobbying for an expanded COVID-19 testing site in the East Bluff, South Side, or central Peoria.

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