Bloomington City Township

607 S. Gridley St, Ste B, Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 434-2730 | | (309) 827-3667

Bloomington City Township

COVID - 19 update on August 26, 2021

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  The situation continues to evolve.  The Delta variant has demonstrated that COVID - 19 continues to change, making definitive predictions on the course of the virus will take in the coming months difficult. The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning May 1, 2020: the Township was required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes well being.

The lobby doors have been opened.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through September 19, 2021 has been issued.  

The Governor has issued Executive Order 2021 - 19 effective August 20,2021.  Region 2 which includes McLean County entered the Bridge Phase on May 14, 2021.  Executive Order 2021 - 19, re-issued Executive Order 2021 - 13 (Residential eviction moratorium):

Sections 1, 4, 5, 7 & 8 Executive Order 2021 - 13, as amended by Executive Order 2021 - 14, are re-issued & extended through September 18, 2021.

Executive Order 2021 - 13 is further amended & revised as follows:

Section 9. Nothing in this Executive Order shall preclude a person or entity with a legal right to pursue an eviction or possessory action from challenging the truthfulness of a tenant's, lessee's, sub-lessee's, or resident's Declaration in court, as permitted by law & the applicable Court's rules.

Today the Governor issued a statewide indoor mask mandate for all residents, regardless of vaccination status.  The requirement takes effect on Monday, August 30th & applies to those over the age of 2.  Masks help to slow the spread.  The Delta variant has caused a rapid increase in infection rates across the state & nation. 

 

COVID - 19 update on June 10, 2021

Guidelines as Illinois Reopens on Friday, June 11th.

All businesses & industries to fully reopen as state concludes Restore Illinois Plan.  Following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance, outdoor mask requirement lifted in schools.

Following weeks of steady decrease in new positive COVID - 19 cases, & with over 67% of residents age 18 & older receiving their first vaccine dose, guidelines for Phase 5. Illinois Restored have been provided.

Phase 5 goes into effect on June 11th.  All businesses & activities may fully reopen. This means businesses, large scale events, conventions, amusement parks, & seated spectator venues are able to operate at full capacity for the first time since the onset of the COVID - 19 pandemic.

The state recently reached a test positivity rate of less than 2%, more than half of the population is fully vaccinated & key hospitalization metrics have been declining since early May.

Phase 5 means fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, rules & regulations, including local business & workplace guidance.  Masks are recommended for unvaccinated persons, & required for all people while traveling on public transportation, in congregate settings, in health care settings, as well as in schools, day cares & educational institutions pursuant to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) & CDC guidance.  Businesses & local municipalities may put in place additional mitigations as they deem appropriate.

Under Phase 5, all sectors of the economy can resume at regular capacity.  It marks the return of traditional conventions, festivals & large events without capacity restrictions.  Large gatherings of all sizes can resume across all industry settings.  Phase 5 removes requirements that businesses institute mandatory social distancing in seated venues as well as daily health screenings of employees & visitors.  Businesses & venues should continue to allow for social distancing to the extent possible especially indoors.  Businesses & venues may also continue to put in place additional public health mitigations they deem as appropriate, including requiring face coverings.

Entry to Phase 5 signals an end to business & activity specific guidance requiring social distancing, health screenings & other required operational shifts.  Continued use of face coverings is recommended for unvaccinated persons, as well as all individuals while 1.) on planes, buses, trains & other forms of public transportation & in transportation hubs, such as airports, and train & bus stations; 2.) in congregate facilities such as correctional facilities, veterans' homes & long term care facilities, group homes & residential facilities; and 3.) in healthcare settings.

Guidance for schools is updated to align with CDC guidelines - the requirement for individuals to wear masks outdoors has been lifted in most situations.

Phase 5 marks a significant milestone brining businesses & workers back safely & will pay a key role in putting the economy back on track. 


COVID - 19 update on June 3, 2021

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  The situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township was required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes well being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through June 28, 2021 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of June.

The Governor has issued Executive Order 2021 - 11 effective May 28, 2021.  Region 2 which includes McLean County entered the Bridge Phase on May 14, 2021.  Executive Order 2021 - 11 re-issued Executive Order 2020 - 72 (Residential eviction moratorium).  It was re-issued in its entirety and extended through June 26, 2021.  

Executive Order 2020 - 72, as amended by Executive Order 2020 - 74, Executive Order 2021 - 01, Executive Order 2021 - 05, and Executive Order 2021 - 06, is re-issued in its entirety and extended through June 26, 2021.

Executive Order 2021 - 10 (Bridge Phase) is re-issued in its entirety and extended through June 26, 2021.  The Governor has publicly stated that Phase 5. Illinois Restored would occur on Friday, June 11, 2021.

The Executive Order advises minimizing physical interactions between people who are not fully vaccinated and who do not reside in the same household is critical to slowing the spread of COVID - 19.

Individuals who are 12 or older are eligible for the COVID - 19 vaccine.  Individuals ages 12 - 16 are now eligible for the Pfizer vaccination.  Individuals ages 16 - 18 are now eligible for the Moderna vaccination.  Individuals over the age of 18 are eligible for any of the COVID - 19 vaccinations, (Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson).   

COVID -19 update on May 12, 2021

Illinois enters a Bridge to Phase 5 on Friday, May 14th. Once 70% of residents 65 & older are vaccinated & barring any reversals in COVID - 19 hospitalizations & deaths for a 28 day monitoring period, the Bridge to Phase 5 will begin.  There will be increased capacity limits at both indoor & outdoor settings.  Once 50% of residents 16 & older are vaccinated & COVID - 19 metrics are stable or declining during the 28 day monitoring period, Phase 5 will be implemented, removing capacity limits.  All regions of the state will move through the next phases together based on statewide metrics.

Regulations will roll back gradually.  Illinoisans should continue to follow public health guidelines: wash your hands, wear a mask in public & maintain social distancing.

Individual with proof of full vaccination - defined as 14 days after receipt of final dose or a negative COVID - 19 test 1 - 3 days prior to an event will not count against capacity limits.

Metrics to Move Forward: 70% of residents 65 & older statewide received first dose of vaccine, no increase in COVID - 19 metrics recorded - move to Bridge Phase.  50% of residents 16 & older receive first dose of vaccine, no increase in COVID - 19 metrics recorded, could move to Phase 5.

COVID - 19 Metrics: Non increasing trend in hospital admissions for COVID like illness, COVID patients in hospital & mortality rate while ICU bed availability remain greater than or equal to 20%.  State will consider knowledge regarding new variants, vaccine effectiveness & potential necessity for a booster shot moving forward.

Monitoring Period: COVID - 19 metrics over 28 day monitoring period before advancing to next phase.

Metrics to Move Backwards: Revert to previous phase - resurgence of virus measured by increased trend case rate: 1.) hospital admissions for COVID like illness, trend increasing & above 150 daily average; 2.) COVID patients in hospital trend increasing & above 750 daily census; 3.) mortality rate trend increasing & above .1 daily average; and 4.) ICU bed availability less than 20%.  Metrics measure over a 10 day monitoring period.

Capacity limits during Bridge Phase:

Restaurant dining room: seated areas - patrons 6' apart, parties less than 10, standing areas 30% capacity indoors & 50% capacity outdoors.

Health & Fitness: 60% capacity, group fitness classes 50 or fewer indoors, 100 or fewer outdoors.

Offices: 60% capacity.

Personal care: 60% capacity.

Retail/service counter: 60% capacity.

Amusement parks: 60% capacity.

Festival/general admission outdoor spectator events: 30 people per 1,000 sq. ft.

Flea/farmers markets: Indoors - 15 people per 1,000 sq. ft., Outdoor - 30 people per 1,000 sq. ft.

Meetings, conferences, conventions: lesser 1,000 people or 60% capacity.

Museums: 60% capacity.

Recreation: Indoor - lesser of 100 people or 50% capacity, Outdoor - maximum group 100, multiple groups permissible.

Social events: Indoor - 250 people, Outdoor - 500 people.

Spectator events (ticketed/seated): 60% capacity.

Theaters/performing arts: 60% capacity.

Zoos: 60% capacity.

Please note that the state will continue to follow CDC guidelines on masking to keep the pandemic at bay. 

At this time, Illinoisans age 16 & up are eligible for the COVID - 19  vaccine. 


COVID - 19 update on May 5, 2021

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  The situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township was required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes well-being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through June 1, 2021 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of May.

The Governor has issued Executive Order 2021 - 09 effective April 30, 2021.  Region 2 which includes McLean County returned to Phase 4. Revitalization on January 25, 2021.  Executive Order 2021 - 09 re-issued Executive Order 2020 - 72 (Residential eviction moratorium).  It was re-issued in its entirety and extended through May 29, 2021. 

Executive Order 2020 - 72, as amended by Executive Order 2020 - 74, Executive Order 2021 - 01, Executive Order 2021 - 05, and Executive Order 2021 - 06, is re-issued in its entirety and extended through May 29, 2021. 

Executive Order 2020 - 43 (Phase 4 Community Revitalization Order): Executive Order 2020 - 43, as amended by Executive Order 2020 - 55 and Executive Order 2020 - 59, is re-issued ini its entirety and extended through May 29, 2021.

Executive Order 2020 - 43 is further amended and revised as follows:

Public health requirements for individuals.  Individuals must take the following public health steps to protect their own and their neighbors' health and lives:

b. Wear a face covering in public places or when working.  Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering (a mask or cloth face covering) shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a face covering when in a public place and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance.  This requirement applies whether in an indoor space, such as a store, or in a public outdoor space where maintaining a six-foot social distance is not always possible.  However, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask outdoors, except in crowded settings and venues where there is a decreased ability to maintain physical distance.


COVID - 19 update on April 8, 2021

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  The situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township was required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes well-being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through May 3, 2021 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of April.

The Governor has issued Executive Order 2021 - 06 effective April 2, 2021.  Region 2 which includes McLean County returned to Phase 4. Revitalization on January 25, 2021.  Executive Order 2021 - 05 re-issued Executive Order 2020 - 72 (Residential eviction moratorium).  It was re-issued in its entirety and extended through May 1, 2021.  It was amended as follows:

Section 5. If any provision of this Executive Order or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, this invalidity does not affect any other provision or application of this Executive Order, which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.  To achieve this purpose, the provisions of this Executive Order are declared to be severable.  This Executive Order is entered with the understanding that the judicial branch has the authority to adopt appropriate procedural measures governing the order's application in judicial proceedings. 


COVID - 19 update on March 11, 2021

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  The situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes well-being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through April 5, 2021 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of March.

The Governor has issued Executive Order No. 2021 - 05 effective March 5, 2021.  Region 2 which includes McLean County returned to Phase 4. Revitalization on January 25, 2021.  Executive Order No. 2021 - 05 re-issued Executive Order 2020 - 72 (Residential eviction moratorium).  It was re-issued in its entirety and extended through April 3, 2021.  It was amended as follows:

Section 1. For purposes of this Executive Order, the following terms are defined as set forth below:

1. Covered Person" means any tenant, lessee, sub-lessee, or resident of a residential property who provides to their landlord, the owner of the residential property, or other person or entity with a legal right to pursue an eviction or possessory action, a Declaration under penalty of perjury indicating that:

  1. the individual either (i) expects to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), (ii) was not required to report any income in 2019 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or (iii) received an Economic Impact Payment pursuant to Section 2001 of the CARES Act;
  2. the individual is unable to make a full rent or housing payment due to a COVID - 19 related hardship including, but not limited to, substantial loss of income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, or an increase in out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the COVID - 19 pandemic;
  3. the individual is using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as the individual's circumstances may permit, taking into account other Non-Discretionary Expenses; and
  4. eviction would likely render the individual homeless - or force the individual to move into and live in close quarters in a new congregate or shared living setting - because the individual has no other available housing options.

2. "Declaration" means the form declaration made available by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (or a similar declaration under penalty of perjury) that tenants, lessees, sub-lessees, or residents of residential properties who are covered by this Executive Order may use to invoke the protections of this Executive Order.  Each landlord, owner of a residential property, or other person or entity with a legal right to pursue an eviction or possessory action must provide each tenant, lessee, sub-lessee, and resident with a Declaration at least 5 days prior to commencement of any residential eviction including but not limited to, at least 5 days prior to the issuance of a notice of termination of tenancy.  Service of the Declaration must conform with the requirements of 735 ILCS 5/9-211.

3. "Non-Discretionary Expenses" include, but are not limited to, food, utilties, phone and internet access, school supplies, cold-weather clothing, medical expenses, child care, and transportation costs, including car payments and insurance.  

Section 7. A person or entity may not continue a residential eviction action pursuant to or arising under 735 ILCS 5/9-1010 et seq. against a tenant, lessee, sub-lessee, or resident of a residential property if the tenant, lessee, sub-lessee, or resident submits a Declaration pursuant to Section 1 following commencement of a residential eviction action, unless that person poses a direct threat to the health & safety of other tenants or an immediate and severe risk to property. 


COVID - 19 update on February 10, 2021

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and priorities well-being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through March 9, 2021 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of February.

The Governor has issued Executive Order No. 2021 - 04 effective February 5, 2021.  Region 2 which includes McLean County returned to Phase 4. Revitalization on January 25, 2021.  Phase 4 Guideline Overview: 1.) Restaurants & Bars: indoor dining & drinking for parties up to 10 and seated areas arranged to allow 6' between tables/parties & impermeable barriers installed between booths less than 6' apart; 2.) Retail & Service Counter: capacity limit no more than 50% occupancy; 3.) Personal Care: capacity limit no more than 50% occupancy: 4.) Personal Care: capacity limit no more than 50% occupancy; 5.) Indoor/Outdoor Recreation: select reopening (bowling alleys, skating rinks), indoor playgrounds & trampoline parks should remain closed and indoor recreation operate at lesser of 50 customers or 50% facility capacity; 6.) Museums: capacity limit no more than 25% occupancy and guided tours limited to 50 or fewer people per group; and 7.) Meetings & Social Events: limit lesser of 50 people or 50% room capacity and multiple groups meet in same facility if socially distanced and in separate rooms.

Township staff will operate under the following:

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training programs restarted on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
  • Wellness Lifestyle classes are being held virtually.  Skills to Succeed classes are being held at Second Presbyterian Church.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

Township staff will remain at home when sick or showing symptoms.  They have been instructed to limit in home gatherings to household members.

The health and safety of Township recipients, workfare sponsors, Township staff & the community at large is a top priority.


COVID - 19 update on January 14, 2021

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and priorities well-being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through February 8, 2021 has been issued.  The doors will remained locked during the month of February.

The Governor has issued Executive Order No. 2021 - 01: effective Friday, January 8, 2021, the State of Illinois has remained at Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations.  This action was taken to suppress the spread of COVID - 19 and ensure hospitals are not overrun.  Tier 3 aims to limit gatherings & encourages all to stay home to the greatest extent possible, while permitting parts of the economy to remain open at reduced capacities with proper safety  measures in place.  All Phase 4. Revitalization operational guidance remain in effect.  If Tier 3 Mitigations are more restrictive then Phase 4 guidance, Tier 3 Mitigations supersede.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training programs will restart on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.
  • Wellness Lifestyle classes and Skills to Succeed classes maybe offered virtually.  Township staff is exploring possible ways to accomplish this goal.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

Township staff will remain at home when sick or showing symptoms.  They have been instructed to limit in home gatherings to household members.

The health and safety of Township recipients, workfare sponsors, Township staff & the community at large is a top priority.  


COVID - 19 update on November 24, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and priorities well-being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through December 13, 2020 has been issued.  The doors will remained locked during the month of December.

The Governor has issued Executive Order 2020 - 73: effective Friday, November 20, 2020, the State of Illinois moved to Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations.  This action was taken to suppress the spread of COVID - 19 and ensure hospitals are not overrun.  Tier 3 aims to limit gatherings & encourages all to stay home to the greatest extent possible, while permitting parts of the economy to remain open at reduced capacities with proper safety measures in place.  All Phase 4. Revitalization operational guidance remain in effect.  If Tier 3 Mitigations are more restrictive then Phase 4 guidance, Tier 3 Mitigations supersede.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training programs are suspended until January 4, 2021.
  • Wellness Lifestyle classes and Skills to Succeed classes are suspended until January 4, 2021.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

Township staff will remain at home when sick or showing symptoms.  They have been instructed to limit in home gatherings to household members.

The health and safety of Township recipients, workfare sponsors, Township staff & the community at large is a top priority.


COVID - 19 update on November 19, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes employee well-being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through December 13, 2020 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of December.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training participants with flu-like symptoms, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.
  • As of June 29, 2020, Workfare/Job Training assignments have been made.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828- 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

The Governor's Executive Order 2020 - 68 replaces Executive Order 2020 - 30.  Filing of residential evictions, actions, enforcement of residential eviction orders - extended through December 14, 2020.

Section 1. For the purposes of this Executive Order, the following terms are defined as set forth below:

a. "Covered Person" means any tenant, lessee, sub-lessee, or resident of a residential property who provides to their landlord, the owner of the residential property, or other person or entity with a legal right to pursue an eviction or possessory action, a Declaration under penalty of perjury indicating that: 

  1. the individual either (i) expects to earn no more than $99,000 in annual income for Calendar Year 2020 (or no more than $198,000 if filing a joint tax return), (ii) was not required to report any income in 2019 to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, or (iii) received an Economic Impact Payment pursuant to Section 2001 of the CARES Act;
  2. the individual is unable to make a full rent or housing payment due to a COVID-19 related hardship, including, but not limited to, substantial loss of income, loss of compensable hours of work or wages, or an increase in out-of-pocket expenses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  3. the individual is using best efforts to make timely partial payments that are as close to the full payment as the individual's circumstances may permit, taking into account other Non-Discretionary Expenses; and
  4. eviction would likely render the individual homeless - or force the individual to move into and live in close quarters in a new congregate or shared living setting - because the individual has no other available housing options.

b. "Declaration" means the form declaration made available by the Illinois Housing Development Authority (or a similar declaration under penalty of perjury) that tenants, lessees, sub-lessees, or residents of residential properties who are covered by this Executive Order may use to invoke the protections of this Executive Order.  Each landlord, owner of a residential property, or other person or entity with a legal right to pursue an eviction or possessory action must provide each tenant, lessee, sub-lessee, and resident with a Declaration prior to commencement of any residential eviction proceeding including, but not limited to, prior to the issuance of a notice of termination of tenancy.

c. "Non-Discretionary Expenses" include, but are not limited to, food, utilities, phone and internet access, school supplies, cold-weather clothing, medical expenses, child care, and transportation costs, including car payments and insurance.

Section 2. A person or entity may not commence a residential eviction action pursuant to or arising under 735 ILCS 5/9-101 et seq. against a Covered Person unless that person poses a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants or an immediate and severe risk to property.

Section 3. All state, county, and local law enforcement officers in the State of Illinois are instructed to cease enforcement of orders of eviction for residential premises, unless the tenant, lessee, sub-lessee, or resident of the residential property has been found to pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants or an immediate and severe risk to property.     

The CDC has updated the period of exposure risk from "onset of symptoms" to "48 hours before symptom onset".  The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult.  Remember that the risk of transmission outdoors is less than the risk of transmission indoors.

In Illinois, as of November 19th, there have been 621,383 confirmed cases of the disease and 11,178 death.

If you think you may have been exposed, take precautions for 14 days after the event to protect others: 1.) stay home as much as possible; 2.) avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID - 19 and 3.) consider testing for COVID - 19.

COVID - 19 update on October 28, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes employee well-being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Sunday, November 15, 2020 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of November.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training participants with flu-like symptoms, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.
  • As of June 29, 2020, Workfare/Job Training assignments have been made.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

The Governor's Executive Order 2020 - 59 extends Executive Order 2020 - 30.  Filing of residential evictions actions, enforcement of residential eviction orders - extended through November 16, 2020.

Section 3. All state, county and local law enforcement officers in the State of Illinois are instructed to cease enforcement of orders of evictions for residential premises, unless the tenant has been found to pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, an immediate and severe risk to property, or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation.  Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed as relieving any individual of the obligation to pay rent, to make mortgage payments, or comply with any other obligation that an individual may have pursuant to a lease, rental agreement or mortgage.


The CDC has updated the period of exposure risk from "onset of symptoms" to "48 hours before symptom onset".  The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult.  Remember that the risk of transmission outdoors is less than the risk of transmission indoors.

In Illinois, as of October 28th, there have been 389,095 confirmed cases of the disease and 9,619 deaths.

If you think you may have been exposed, take precautions for 14 days after the event to protect others: 1.) stay home as much as possible; 2.) avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID - 19 and 3.) consider testing for COVID - 19.  


COVID - 19 update on September 30, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes employee well-being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Sunday, October 18, 2020 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of October.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training participants with flu-like symptoms, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.
  • As of June 29, 2020, Workfare/Job Training assignments have been made.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

The Governor' Executive Order 2020 - 55 extends Executive Order 2020 - 30.  Filing of residential evictions actions, enforcement of residential eviction orders - extended through October 17, 2020.

Section 3. All state, county, and local law enforcement officers in the State of Illinois are instructed to cease enforcement of orders of evictions for residential premises, unless the tenant has been found to pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, an immediate and severe risk to property, or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation.  Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed as relieving any individual of the obligation to pay rent, to make mortgage payments, or comply with any other obligation that an individual may have pursuant to a lease, rental agreement or mortgage. 

The seasons have changed and autumn has begun.  We are headed into the holiday season that commences with Halloween.  Remember the three (3) W's: 1.) Wash your hands, 2.) Watch your distance and 3.) Wear your mask.  Limit the size of events attended.

The CDC has updated the period of exposure risk from "onset of symptoms" to "48 hours before symptom onset".  The CDC recommends wearing a cloth face covering in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult.  Remember that the risk of transmission outdoors is less than the risk of transmission indoors. 

In Illinois, as of September 29th, there have been 291,000 confirmed cases of the disease and 8,637 deaths. 

If you think you may have been exposed, take precautions for 14 days after the event to protect others: 1.) stay home as much as possible; 2.) avoid being around people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID - 19 and 3.) consider testing for COVID - 19. 


COVID - 19 update on August 26, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes employee well-being.

The lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Sunday, September 20, 2020 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of September.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training participants with flu-like symptoms, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.
  • As of June 29, 2020, Workfare/Job Training assignments have been made.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

The Governor's Executive Order 2020 - 52 extends Executive Order 2020 - 30.  Filing of residential eviction actions, enforcement of residential eviction orders - extended through September 19, 2020.

Section 3. All state, county, and local law enforcement officers in the State of Illinois are instructed to cease enforcement of orders of evictions for residential premises, unless the tenant has been found to pose a direct threat to the health and safety of other tenants, an immediate and severe risk to property, or a violation of any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation.  Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed as a relieving any individual of the obligation to pay rent, to make mortgage payments, or comply with any other obligation that an individual may have pursuant to a lease, rental agreement or mortgage.

 

COVID - 19 update on August 6, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes employee well-being.

The Lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Sunday, August 23, 2020 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of August.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training participants with flu-like symptoms, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.
  • As of June 29, 2020, Workfare/Job Training assignments have been made.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

New Mitigation Plan to Prevent Resurgence of COVID - 19 in Illinois/State Surpassed Two Million Test

The new plan outlines general and industry specific COVID - 19 mitigation efforts for the state's 11 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Regions.  This new COVID - 19 mitigation plan is focused on combating a resurgence of cases while maintaining progress made towards bending the curve over the last four months.

This plan accounts for months of additional data and research as public health experts reach greater scientific understanding of this virus and how it spreads.  The state is in a strong position to combat the virus due to 1.) a robust testing operation yielding 30,000 tests per day; 2.) expanded tracing operations with 1, 450 contact tracers; 3.) a growing stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); and 4.) the hospital surge capacity.

The state has the lowest infection rates among neighboring states and one of the lowest positivity rates in the country - thanks to individual actions of Illinoisans. 

The Plan assessed key metrics - indicators of disease burden and capacity of each COVID - 19 region to respond.  Targeted actions within specific regions will be taken to mitigate the spread of this deadly disease while keeping the state as open as possible. 

Resurgence Prevention Plan: there are three tiers of general and specific mitigation to prevent renewed spread.

Metrics: Sustained increase in 7 day rolling average (7 out of 10 days) in positivity rate and one of the following:

  • Sustained 7 day increase in hospital admissions for COVID - 19 like illness;
  • Reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities (ICU capacity or medical/surgical beds less than 20%);

or 3 consecutive days averaging = 8% positivity rate.

Mitigations: there are three tiers of mitigation to implement if a region meets the resurgence metrics:

  • High risk settings: indoor bars and restaurants - automatically applied to prevent rapid spread.
  • Larger list of mitigations strategies relate to retail, fitness, salons and personal care settings.
  • If testing and contract testing data at local level indicates mitigation to be prudent, other industries could require additional mitigation if indicated by the region's data.

Mitigations applied on a regional basis founded on EMS regions which traditionally have guided the Illinois Department of Public Health in statewide public health efforts.

Warning signs of increased COVID - 19 risk in a county include: 1.) new cases per 100,000 people, (50 new cases per 100,000); 2.) number of deaths, (weekly number of deaths increase 20% or more for two consecutive weeks; 3.) weekly test positivity, (7 day test positivity rate rises above 8%); 4.) ICU availability, (fewer than 20% ICU beds available in the region); 5.) weekly emergency department visit, (weekly COVID - 19 like illness emergency department visits increase more than 20% for two consecutive weeks); 6.) weekly hospital admissions, (weekly COVID - 19 like illness admissions increase more than 20% for two consecutive weeks; 7.) test performed, (used to provide context and indicate if more testing is needed; and 9.) clusters, (look at percent of COVID - 19 cases associated with cluster/outbreaks and used to understand large increase in cases). 

Metrics used for local level awareness to assist local leaders, businesses, local health departments and the public to make informed decisions regarding personal and family gatherings as well as what activities to participate in.

EMS Region 2 - North Central: there are twenty counties - Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Henderson, Henry, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, McDonough, McLean, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren and Woodford.

The entire state is under Phase 4. Revitalization of the Reopen Illinois Plan.  Phase 5. Illinois Restored will require a vaccine, anti viral treatment and/or no known cases of COVID - 19.


COVID - 19 update on July 2, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes employee well-being.

The Lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended.  A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Sunday, July 26, 2020 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of July.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training requirements were suspended from March 16 - June 27, 2020.
  • After June 27, 2020, Workfare/Job Training participants with flu-like symptoms, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.
  • As of June 29, 2020, Workfare/Job Training assignments have been made.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

Update COVID - 19 symptoms from the CDC (Center for Disease Control)

COVID - 19 has a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe illness.  Symptoms may appear 2 -  14 days after exposure to the virus.  Individuals will these symptoms may have COVID - 19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or running nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list is not all inclusive.  Please consult your medical provider for any severe symptoms that concern you.

There is a Community Based Testing Site located at 1106 Interstate Dr., Bloomington, IL  61704.  Hours are 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  It is open seven days a week but is closed on holidays.  Testing is free of charge.


COVID - 19 update on July 2, 2020

Governor Pritzker announced Restore Illinois: a Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen Our State.  This is a five phase, regional plan for saving lives, livelihoods, and safely reopening businesses, education and recreational activities in each phase.  The initial plan will be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for effective treatment or vaccines is realized.

Restore Illinois established four (4) health regions based upon eleven (11) Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Emergency Medical Service Regions (EMSR).  Bloomington is in the North Central Illinois region.  There are twenty-seven (27) counties in our region.  The North Central region consists of IDPH EMSR #1 and #2.

EMSR #1: JoDaviess, Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Whiteside, Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson and Lee counties.

EMSR #2: McLean, Bureau, Rock Island, Livingston, Putnam, Mercer, LaSalle, Stark, Warren, Marshall, Peoria, McDonough, Woodford, Henry, Henderson, Tazewell, Knox and Fulton counties.

The five phases of reopening are: Phase 1. Rapid Spread; Phase 2. Flattening; Phase 3. Recovery; Phase 4 Revitalization and Phase 5. Illinois Restored.

Currently, the entire state is in Phase 4. Revitalization.  The rate of infection among those surveillance tested and the number of patients admitted to hospitals continues to decline.  Gatherings limited to 50 people or fewer are allowed.  Restaurants and bars reopen, travel resumes, child care and schools reopen under guidance from the IDPH.  Restaurants open with limited capacity, follow strict public health procedures, including personal protective equipment for employees.  Schools and child care programs reopen with social distancing policies in place.  Testing is widely available and tracing is commonplace.  Face coverings and social distancing is the norm.  To varying degrees every region is experiencing revitalization as of the end of June.

Health metrics will tell when it is safe to move forward, the health metrics may also tell when to return to a prior phase.

How to Move to the Next Phase: Determination will be driven by COVID - 19 positivity rate in each region and measure of maintaining regional hospital surge capacity.

Cases and Capacity: 1.) at or under 20% positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14 day period;  2.) no overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admission for COVID - 19 like illness for 28 dyas; and 3.) available surge capacity of at least 14% of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds and ventilators.

Testing: available for all patients, health care workers, first responders, people with underlying conditions, and residents and staff in congregate living facilities.

Tracing: begin contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis.

What Could Cause a Move Back: IDPH will monitor data and receive on the ground feedback from local health departments and regional health care councils and will recommend moving back to previous phase based on the following: 1.) sustained rise in positivity rate; 2.) sustained increase in hospital admissions for COVID - 19 like illness; 3.) reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities; and 4.) significant outbreak in the region that threatens the health of the region. 


COVID - 19 update on June 4, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from federal, state and local levels of government.  The situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes employee well-being.

The Lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  The stay at home order has ended. A Disaster Proclamation extending the statewide disaster declaration through Saturday, June 27, 2020 has been issued.  The doors will remain locked during the month of June.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training requirements have been suspended from March 16 - June 27, 2020.
  • After June 27, 2020, Workfare/Job Training participants with flu-like symptoms, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

Updated COVID - 19 symptoms from the CDC (Center for Disease Control)

COVID - 19 has a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe illness.  Symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure to the virus.  Individuals with these symptoms or combination of symptoms may have COVID - 19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two (2) of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all inclusive.  Please consult your medical provider for any severe symptoms that concern you.

There is a Community Based Testing Site located at 1106 Interstate Dr., Bloomington, IL  61704.  Hours are 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is open seven days a week but is closed on holidays.  The testing is free of charge.


COVID - 19 update on June 4, 2020

Governor Pritzker announced Restore Illinois: a Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen Our State.  This is a five phase, regional plan for saving lives, livelihoods, and safely reopening Illinois.  The plan is data driven and operates on a region by region basis.

The five phase plan is guided by public health metrics designed to provide a framework for reopening businesses, education, and recreational activities in each phase.  The initial plan will be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for effective treatment or vaccines is realized.

Restore Illinois established four (4) health regions based upon the eleven (11) Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Emergency Medical Service Regions (EMSR).  Bloomington is in the North Central Illinois region.  There are twenty-seven (27) counties in our region.  The North Central region consists of IDPH EMSR #1 and #2.

EMSR #1: JoDaviess, Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Whiteside, Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson and Lee counties.

EMRS #2: McLean, Bureau, Rock Island, Livingston, Putnam, Mercer, LaSalle, Stark, Warren, Marshall, Peoria, McDonough, Woodford, Henry, Henderson, Tazewell, Knox and Fulton counties.

The five phases of reopening are: Phase 1. Rapid Spread; Phase 2. Flattening; Phase 3. Recovery; Phase 4. Revitalization and Phase 5. Illinois Restored.

Currently, the entire state is in Phase 3. Recovery.  The phase has been defined as the rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to hospital beds and ICU beds is stable or declining.  Manufacturing, offices, retail, barbershops and salons, and outdoor dining can reopen to the public with capacity and other limits and safety precautions.  Gatherings limited to 10 people or fewer are allowed.  Face coverings and social distancing are the norm.  Outdoor activities like golf, boating, fishing, tennis and camping can be enjoyed while practicing social distancing.  To varying degrees every region is experiencing recovery as of the end of May. 

Health metrics will tell when it is safe to move forward, the health metrics may also tell when to return to a prior phase.

How to Move to the Next Phase: Determination will be driven by COVID - 19 positivity rate in each region and measure of maintaining regional hospital surge capacity.

Cases and Capacity: 1.) at or under 20% positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14 day period; and 2.) no overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admission for COVID - 19 like illness for 28 days; and 3.) available surge capacity of at least 14% of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds and ventilators.

Testing: available for all patients, health care workers, first responders, people with underlying conditions, and residents and staff in congregate living facilities.

Tracing: begin contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis.

What Could Cause a Move Back: IDPH will monitor data and receive on the ground feedback from local health departments and regional health care councils and will recommend moving back to previous phase based on the following: 1.) sustained rise in positivity rate; 2.) sustained increase in hospital admissions for COVID - 19 like illness; 3.) reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities; and 4.) significant outbreak in the region that threatens the health of the region. 


COVID - 19 update on May 7, 2020

Governor Pritzker announced Restore Illinois: a Public Health Approach to Safely Reopen Our State.  This is a five phase, regional plan for saving lives, livelihoods, and safely reopening Illinois.  The plan is data driven and operates on a region by region basis.

The five phase plan is guided by public health metrics designed to provide a framework for reopening businesses, education, and recreational activities in each phase.  The initial plan will be updated as research and science develop and as the potential for effective treatments or vaccines is realized.

Restore Illinois established four (4) health regions based upon the eleven (11) Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDPH) Emergency Medical Service Regions (EMSR).  Bloomington is in the North Central Illinois region.  There are twenty-seven (27) counties in our region.  The North Central region consists of IDPH EMSR #1 and #2. 

EMSR #1: Jo Daviess, Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, Whiteside, Winnebago, Ogle, Stephenson and Lee counties.

EMSR #2: McLean, Bureau, Rock Island, Livingston, Putnam, Mercer, LaSalle, Stark, Warren, Marshall, Peoria, McDonough, Woodford, Henry, Henderson, Tazewell, Knox and Fulton counties.

The five phases of reopening are: Phase 1. Rapid Spread; Phase 2. Flattening; Phase 3. Recovery; Phase 4. Revitalization and Phase 5. Illinois Restored.

Currently, the entire state is in Phase 2. Flattening.  This phase has been defined as the rate of infection among those tested and the number of patients admitted to hospital beds and ICU beds increase at an ever slower rate, moving towards a flat and even downward trajectory.  Nonessential retail stores reopen for curbside pick up and delivery.  Individuals are directed to wear a face covering when outside the home, and can begin enjoying additional outdoor activities like golf, boating and fishing while practicing social distancing.  To varying degrees every region is experiencing flattening as of early May.

Health metrics will tell when it is safe to move forward, the health metrics may also tell when to return to a prior phase.

How to Move to the Next Phase: Determination will be driven by COVID - 19 positivity rate in each region and measure of maintaining regional hospital surge capacity.

Cases and Capacity: 1.) at or under 20% positivity rate and increasing no more than 10 percentage points over a 14 day period; and 2.) no overall increase (i.e. stability or decrease) in hospital admission for COVID - 19 like illness for 28 days, and 3.) available surge capacity of at least 14% of ICU beds, medical and surgical beds and ventilators.

Testing: available for all patients, health care workers, first responders, people with underlying conditions, and residents and staff in congregate living facilities.

Tracing: begin contact tracing and monitoring within 24 hours of diagnosis.

What Could Cause a Move Back: IDPH will monitor data and receive on the ground feedback from local health departments and regional health care councils and will recommend moving back to previous phase based on the following: 1.) sustained rise in positivity rate; 2.)sustained increase in hospital admissions for COVID - 19 like illness; 3.) reduction in hospital capacity threatening surge capabilities; and 4.) significant outbreak in the region that threatens the health of the region. 


COVID - 19 update on April 28, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office continues to practice Social Distancing.  Beginning on May 1, 2020: the Township will be required to provide face coverings to all employees who are unable to maintain six feet social distancing.  This new requirement maximizes social distancing and prioritizes employee well-being. 

The Lobby doors have been closed effective April 1, 2020.  A modified stay at home order will take effect on May 1 - 31, 2020.  The doors will remain locked during the month of May.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entryway at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training requirements have been suspended from March 16 - May 31, 2020.
  • After May 31, 2020, Workfare/Job Training participants with flu-like symptoms, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.
  • GA (General Assitance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.

Updated COVID - 19 symptoms from the CDC (Center for Disease Control)

COVID - 19 has a wide range of symptoms ranging from mild to severe illness.  Symptoms may appear 2 - 14 days after exposure to the virus.  Individuals with these symptoms or combination of symptoms may have COVID - 19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two (2) of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

The list is not all inclusive.  Please consult your medical provider for any severe symptoms that concern you.


COVID - 19 update on March 31, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  This situation continues to evolve.  The Township Office is practicing Social Distancing.  Being mindful of everyone's health, the Lobby doors will be closed effective April 1, 2020.

  • All public contact will be conducted via telephone.  Please note that only one person can be accommodated in the entry way at a time.
  • All Workfare/Job Training requirements have been suspended from March 16, 2020 to April 30, 2020.
  • After April 30, 2020, Workfare/Job Training participants will flu-like symptoms, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.
  • GA (General Assistance) redeterminations will be conducted via telephone.

Township staff will be available via telephone at 309/828 - 2356 or via email at townshipoffice@cityblm.org.


COVID - 19 update on March 26, 2020

The Township continues to monitor updates from the federal, state and local levels of government.  The situation is rapidly evolving.  We are mindful of protecting Township staff safety and acknowledge sharing reliable sources of information about COVID - 19 enhances public awareness.

At the federal level, we monitor the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov

At the state level, we monitor the Illinois Department of Public Health, www.dph.illinois.gov

At the local level, we monitor the McLean County Health Department, www.health.mcleancounty.illinois.gov

This is an unprecedented and unique situation.  The Township will continue to provide essential services.  Updates will be provided as additional information becomes available.

COVID - 19 Update on March 25, 2020

In light of Governor Pritzker's Executive Order in Response to COVID - 19, dated March 20, 2020, please note the following updated information:

  • All Workfare/Job Training requirements have been suspended from March 16 to April 7, 2020.
  • After April 7, 2020, Workfare/Job Training participants with flu-like symptons, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.

Town of the City of Bloomington, a/k/a City of Bloomington Township Limits Access to Township Building in Response to COVID-19. 

The Governor’s Office has identified social services as a critical service effecting citizens and vulnerable populations. 

In an effort to take proactive measures and protect the health and safety of the community, the following practices are in place effective March 17, 2020 until further notice: 

  • Any Township resident experiencing a medical issue with symptoms similar to cold or flu, should remain at home. If interested in Township services, please call the Township office at 309/828 - 2356.
  • All front desk conversations will be conducted through the window. Please take a seat and wait to be called.
  • New General Assistance/Emergency Assistance (GA/EA) case preparation and redeterminations will be completed in advance of a scheduled appointment to minimize staff/client interaction.
  • All Workfare/Job Training requirements have been suspended from March 16 to March 31, 2020.
  • After March 31, 2020, Workfare/Job Training participants with flu-like symptoms, please call the Township office to obtain an excused absence.
  • GA redeterminations may be conducted via telephone. 

The Township is following recommendations by the McLean County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention for social distancing and to minimize the risk of transmission of COVID – 19. The Township encourages residents to visit www.cityofbloomingtontownship.org or call. Township staff will be available to answer inquiries and conduct Township business. No interruptions to township services are expected at this time. 

The Township will keep residents informed with updates to the website as well as social media, (Facebook: City-of-Bloomington-Township) when information becomes available.