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Tri-County Sees Slight Increase In Active COVID-19 Cases

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Joe Deacon
A patient receives a COVID-19 vaccine injection at the Tazewell County Health Department clinic in Pekin.

Active COVID-19 cases in the Tri-County increased for a third straight week, albeit slightly, as the region inched closer to having 45% of residents fully vaccinated.

Figures updated Monday by public health officials show Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties adding 109 new coronavirus infections in the past week. Peoria-area hospitals are treating nine COVID-19 patients, while 128 residents are isolating at home.

The 137 active cases are up four from the previous week, but still 11 fewer than the total from June 21 and down almost 2,700 from six months ago.

The latest vaccination figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health show the three counties with 158,004 fully vaccinated residents, or 44.96% of the population. The region has only added 4,061 fully dosed individuals — or 1.16% — since the end of June.

Two Peoria County fatalities attributed to COVID-19 over the past week pushed the region’s death toll since the start of the pandemic to 767. The area’s case count stands at 45,893.

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Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.