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Tri-County Reaches CDC's ‘High’ COVID-19 Transmission Level

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The entire Tri-County area now has the “high” community transmission designation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the region approaches 750 active COVID-19 cases.

All but four Illinois counties — Stark (moderate), Putnam, Lee and Whiteside (substantial) — are considered high transmission as the Delta coronavirus variant continues to spread. The CDC’s recommendation for high transmission areas is for everyone to wear masks indoors, whether they are vaccinated or not.

Public health department figures show Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties adding 38 active COVID-19 cases since Friday, with 27 patients in local hospitals and 721 residents in home isolation.

The Tri-County is now up to 47,501 total COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, an increase of 565 over the past seven days. Peoria County alone is at 24,300, with Tazewell County moving past 18,000 and Woodford County eclipsing 5,100 over the weekend.

Close to 400 of the people isolating at home are from Tazewell County, where 48.3% of the population is fully vaccinated. Figures updated Monday by the Illinois Department of Public Health show Tri-County as a whole with 47.9% of residents fully dosed, with Peoria County at 48.1% and Woodford County at 45.4%.

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