The McLean County Health Department confirmed 14 new cases of coronavirus as of Tuesday, with no new reports of death. 

The total number of confirmed cases is now at 62 total. 

Of those cases, 32 have returned home, 23 have recovered and six are currently being hospitalized. Two of the six hospitalized cases are in the intensive care unit. 

With the drive-thru testing criteria loosened as of Sunday, testing numbers have already seen an increase. The testing site at the Fair Grounds in Bloomington conducted 93 tests on Sunday and 148 on Monday.

The numbers for those tested on Tuesday are not yet available. 

The MCHD also announced guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. 

A volunteer group known as the McLean County Mutual Aid Team is growing within the community. 

The group is a service for people who are at higher risk of being exposed to the virus and do notn't have access to any support. The team has over 100 volunteers who go out and run errands at places like grocery stores and pharmacies and deliver them directly to homes.

There is no additional charge for the services, just for the items themselves. 

For more information or to request errands, leave a voicemail at (309) 839-9496. 

GRACE BARBIC is the News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at mgbarbi@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at @gracebarbic


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