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July 2021 News Releases

City Reports New COVID-19 Case in Parks & Recreation Department

One City employee reported a positive result of a COVID-19 viral test in the past week.  The employee, who works in the Parks and Recreation Department, received a positive COVID-19 viral test result on Wednesday, July 21.  No members of the public were placed at risk of COVID-19 exposure by this employee while working; one coworker was identified as a close contact and notified.  (Close contact is defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset--or, for asymptomatic clients, two days prior to positive specimen collection--until the time the patient is isolated.)   

Mayor Hamilton, BPD Continue Efforts to Protect Community, Investigate Recent Shootings

Last night (July 21) around 11:40 p.m., Bloomington Police Department (BPD) officers responded to a report of multiple shots being fired and vehicles fleeing the scene of a residential address in the Crescent Bend neighborhood on Bloomington’s northwest side. No injuries or property damage were reported as a result of this incident, but police found bullets and spent casings in the vicinity. The incident is the third shooting in the area, following incidents July 2 and July 8 in the nearby Crestmont Park playground that resulted in injuries to four individuals. 

2021 Community Survey Results Highlight Residents’ Perceptions of Quality of Life, Community Challenges

Results of the third biennial city-wide survey were presented at the July 21 meeting of the Bloomington City Council. As in 2019 and 2017, the randomized, scientifically valid survey conducted in March and April of this year gave residents the opportunity to provide feedback on their general perceptions of the quality of life in Bloomington; to evaluate City programs, services, government performance; and to identify projects or issues facing the City.  Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton initiated the effort to conduct the first city-wide survey in 2016 to grow public engagement, increase transparency, establish a baseline of public opinion, and acquire data to inform decisions about resource deployment. A complete report of the 2021 community survey is available here.