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Hospitalizations For COVID-19 Dip In Tri-County; Active Cases Increase

Joe Deacon

Active COVID-19 cases in the Tri-County are down by almost 300 from this month’s high mark, holding steady in the 950-1,100 range over the past two weeks.

Figures updated Monday by the three local health departments show 33 patients with COVID-19 at Peoria-area hospitals — down from 42 last Monday and 38 heading into the weekend — and another 1,063 infected residents isolating at home. The current caseload total increased from 1,045 at the start of last week and 1,027 on Friday, but is significantly lower than the Sept. 3 peak of 1,375.

Peoria and Tazewell counties both reported one new fatality linked to COVID-19 over the weekend. The region's death toll since the start of the pandemic is up to 811, while the case count stands at 51,196.

According to Illinois Department of Public Health data, more than 175,000 area residents are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or 49.8%. Peoria County is up to 50.2%, with Tazewell at 49.9% and Woodford at 47.6%. More than 350,000 total doses have been administered across the region.

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