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Tri-County sees COVID-19 caseload drop as the pace of new cases slows

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The active COVID-19 caseload in the Tri-County decreased by almost 10% over the weekend, as the region’s daily average of new cases over the past week dipped below 80 for the first time since the first full week of August.

Peoria-area hospitals currently are treating 22 patients with COVID-19, while another 719 area residents are isolating at home. Combined, Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties cut 79 active cases from Friday’s total of 820; the caseload was at 1,096 two ago after reaching a fall peak of 1,375 on Sept. 3.

An addition of 183 new infections over the weekend pushed the region’s case count to 52,374 since the start of the pandemic — an increase of 559 over the past seven days. That marks the sixth consecutive Monday with a smaller seven-day addition than the previous week.

The latest figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health show the Tri-County as a whole with 50.9% of residents now fully vaccinated. Peoria County is up to 51.4%, with Tazewell County slightly above 50.9% and Woodford County at 48.5%.

Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.