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Tri-County Sees COVID-19 Slowing With 40 New Cases, No Fatalities

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley

A continued slowing trend for COVID-19 in the Tri-County area produced just 40 new cases and no new deaths in the past day, while hospitalizations in the region dipped back below 50 and active cases moved under 300.

Tuesday’s daily update from Tri-County public health officials showed Tazewell County with 15 new coronavirus infections since Monday, Peoria County with 14, and Woodford County with 11. The region has averaged 43 new cases per day over the past two weeks, compared to a daily average of 118 over the previous 14 days.

Peoria-area hospitals saw a 21-patient decline in hospitalizations, down to 44, including 11 individuals in intensive care units. The last time both figures were lower was March 26, with 43 total patients and eight in ICUs. Active cases fell by 30 — to 275, with 231 infected area residents isolating at home.

The Tri-County’s COVID-19 case count since the start of the pandemic stands at 45,341 with a death toll of 732. Illinois has logged 1,377,249 infections and 22,650 fatalities since last March, with 808 new cases and 17 deaths reported across Illinois since Monday.

According to Tuesday’s updated figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health, the state moved past having 40% of residents fully vaccinated, with Peoria County just shy of 39% and the entire Tri-County area at 38.6%.

Of the region’s 135,715 fully-dosed individuals, 70,414 come from Peoria County. Tazewell County checks in with 38.5% of residents fully vaccinated (50,946), with Woodford County at 37.3% (14,355). The entire region has logged 280,200 shots in arms; Illinois has recorded 10.99 million total injections, with 65% of adults having received at least one shot.

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