Illinois Department of Public Health
COVID-19 HOTLINE. Any questions about Coronavirus – such as what one should do if they are feeling sick – or any other concerns –call the Illinois Department of Public Health Hotline at:
(800) 889-3931. For more information, visit their website at www.dph.illinois.gov
CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For global and national questions about COVID-19, visit the CDC website. This website has accurate updates, what you need to know, and resources for the community.
Path Crisis Center
For information about health and human services in McLean County please call our 24/7 hotline by dialing 2-1-1, or view our online database at www.Findhelp211.org
Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site Located in Bloomington
Reditus Laboratories from Pekin, IL operates the drive-thru COVID-19 Community Based Testing Site at the Interstate Center. Reditus processes the tests and transmits the results to a state call center. A self-swab test is used; each person swabbing is instructed and monitored by on-site staff.
Testing at this site is not limited to McLean County Residents.
Additional clarification on changes has been received from the state:
The Community Based Testing Sites are all now required by the State of Illinois to collect health insurance information either during online pre-registration or on-site. People with health insurance are not billed for co-pays or costs not covered by health insurance and people without insurance will continue to be covered by the state or Cares Act. Testing is still free of cost to all individuals.
Go to www.testdirectly.com/mclean, create a new account (or login if you have one). Note: Every person being tested has to use a separate email account or results will be overridden. If registering multiple persons it works best to use a tablet, computer, or separate smartphones. Following account set-up, a confirmation email will be sent, click that link and begin registering. Answer the applicable questions; when you get to Payment Source – select Free.; then click Place Order. A confirmation screen will pop-up and will also be emailed to you. You will need this document when you check-in at the site to test. Electronic registration is available on-site but will take longer.
Please wear a mask and follow the directions of the testing staff. Patients arriving by public transportation will be directed inside the building. When it is safe (moving vehicles) staff will work with people that are on foot. The Connect Transit Shuttle Bus operates from the West Side Walmart to the testing site on: Tues, Thurs, & Sat, 10:00 am – 11:30 am and 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.
Location and Hours:
The drive thru testing site is located at the Interstate Center/McLean County Fair Grounds, 1106 Interstate Dr, Bloomington. Their hours are daily from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. They will be closed on holidays and will close early or open late in the event of severe weather.
You will receive a sticker after testing with an Order ID (top number) and a Key. You can go to www.testdirectly.com, select the results tab at the top of the page, and enter this information to see your results when they become available, usually a
couple days. You can also log into your account, view them, and screen print them if needed. All individuals tested will also receive a call from the state contracted call center with their results in 3-7 days, that number is 1-888-297-7208. If you receive your results online and the COVID virus was detected please stay home and isolate until you receive further instructions from the call center or another medical professional.
Note: First responders, medical personnel, long term care staff, and people that are being tested for upcoming medical procedures need to tell the staff at both check-in and the testing station that they are in one of these categories so their results can be marked stat.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.
COVID-19 Testing Site Shuttle
COVID-19 Testing Site Shuttle departs from the Connect Transit bus stop located outside of the Bloomington Walmart.
The shuttle will run on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Employment Opportunities
Career Link is participating in the National Dislocated Worker Grant to help employers hire WIOA eligible part-time temporary disaster relief workers. The Disaster Relief Positions available to apply are as follows:
- Heartland Headstart-Food Deliverer, Health/Safety Trainer, Furniture Mover and Cleaner Positions
- YWCA- Assistant Teacher positions
- Home Sweet Home Ministries- Custodian and Kitchen Assistant positions
- Mid Central Community Action- Data and Intake Specialist and Custodian Positions
- MarcFirst- Administrative Support and Janitor Position
Interested individuals should call Career Link at 309-807-1386, indicate they are interested in the Disaster Recovery Employment and what agency they are interested in.
The Town of Normal launches COVID-19-Related Housing Assistance Program
The Town of Normal and Mid Central Community Action (MCCA) have partnered in the creation of an assistance program for residents suffering from income or job loss due to the pandemic. The program uses dollars the Town received as part of the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (C.A.R.E.S.) Act.
The COVID-19-Related Housing Assistance Program is available to any household (individuals or families) residing within the municipal limits of the Town of Normal that has a documented job or income loss occurring as a result of the present pandemic AND that meets certain income qualifications. The program will assist income-qualified residents for up to two months, or $2,000 total in a single year.
The initial amount of funding to the housing program is $100,000. The Town of Normal’s COVID-19-Related Housing Assistance Program is just one of several local programs designed to assist residents in need. Those needing assistance can call PATH at 2-1-1 to begin the referral process.
Program guidelines, application materials and information on how best to submit applications is available online at https://www.normal.org/1487/COVID-19-Related-Housing-Assistance-Prog.
Please contact Associate Planner Taylor Long at (309) 454-9642 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.