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Active Tri-County COVID-19 Cases Down By 400 From September Peak

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Tri-County’s COVID-19 caseload fell by nearly 140 infections over the past seven days, dropping from a high mark that approached 1,400 earlier this month.

Figures reported Monday by the local health departments show the region with its smallest weekend increase of cases since the first full week of August, with a gain of 184 infections across the region since Friday.

Meanwhile, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties gained 20 active cases over the weekend, but the caseload is actually down by 137 since last Monday — and by 416 since a high mark of 1,375 on Sept. 9.

Peoria-area hospitals currently have 33 patients with COVID-19 — up by six from the end of last week — while another 926 infected are residents are isolating at home. The last time the region added fewer than 200 new infections over a weekend occurred on Aug. 9, when the count grew by 181.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Tri-County has logged 51,815 cases of COVID-19, while the region’s death toll from the pandemic stands at 813 — with two fatalities in the past seven days and none since Wednesday.

The latest statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health indicate 50.45% of Tri-County residents are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

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Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.