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Active Tri-County COVID-19 Cases Lowest Since July; 10 Deaths Added

Joe Deacon

Tri-County health officials on Monday reported 10 new deaths linked to COVID-19 in the region over the weekend, including a Peoria County woman in her 20s who had underlying health issues.

However, active cases dropped by more than 200 over three days to the lowest total in 10 months as the region moved past 135,000 fully vaccinated residents.

Public health officials reported 240 Tri-County area residents with coronavirus infections are isolating at home while Peoria-area hospitals have 65 patients admitted for COVID-19. The 305 active coronavirus infections mark the region’s fewest since 296 on July 22.

Three other Peoria County residents were among the latest COVID-19 victims: a man in his 60s and two women over 70. Tazewell County's two fatalities were one man and one woman, both in their 80s, while Woodford County reported four deaths: two men and two women, all older than 70.

The region's death toll since the start of the pandemic stands at 732, while the case count is at 45,301, following an increase of 57 from Friday.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health's online database shows Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties added 1,939 vaccinated individuals since Friday, moving the total for the area to 135,192, or 38.5% of the region's population.

The three counties administered 3,322 doses over the weekend, increasing the total for shots in arms to 279,317. The region has averaged just over 1,400 doses per day over the past week.

Illinois as a whole is at 10.9 million total injections, and 39.9% of residents are fully vaccinated. The IDPH announced 933 new COVID-19 cases and 10 more deaths statewide in the past day, bringing Illinois’ counts since last March to 1,376,411 infections and 22,633 fatalities.

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