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Peoria County Remains Under COVID-19 Warning From IDPH

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley

Peoria County is the last county in the state still on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 warning list.

During the week of May 9-15, Peoria County exceeded the risk levels for number of deaths (17) and new cases per 100,000 residents (127). The state’s target for cases per 100,000 is 50, while the safe standard for fatalities is to decrease or remain stable.

A Peoria County man in his 70s was one of two new deaths linked to COVID-19 announced Friday by Tri-County health officials. The other victim was a Woodford County woman, also in her 70s.

The region’s death toll since the start of the pandemic is at 722, while the case count increased to 45,244 with an addition of 43 coronavirus infections in the past day.

Peoria-area hospitals have 56 patients admitted for COVID-19 (down from 59 on Thursday), including 14 in intensive care units. The last time there was fewer than 60 hospitalized individuals and 15 people in ICUs was March 29.

The IDPH reported 1,573 new coronavirus infections statewide in the past day, and 21 more deaths from COVID-19. Since last March, Illinois has recorded more 1,373,457 and 22,556 fatalities.

Meanwhile, IDPH’s updated COVID-19 vaccination figures show Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties adding 2,218 new doses administered and 1,007 fully vaccinated residents in the past day.

Those totals bring the region to 275,995 shots in arms and 133,253 fully dosed individuals, or 37.9% of the population. Illinois as a whole has recorded almost 10.8 million injections, and more than 4.9 million citizens are fully vaccinated.

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