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The Tri-County's active COVID-19 caseload is down to a 10-week low

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The number of people battling COVID-19 in the Tri-County has fallen to its lowest since the first week of August.

The health departments in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties on Monday reported 553 infected area residents currently isolating at home. Meanwhile, Peoria-area hospitals are treating 21 patients with COVID-19.

That caseload of 574 marks a decrease of 84 since Friday, and 285 since the end of September. It also marks the first time the total is below 600 since Aug. 6, when it was at 513; the recent surge peaked at 1,375 on Sept. 3.

The Tri-County added 154 new cases over the weekend, bringing the region's total infection count since the start of the pandemic to 53,284. The death toll remains at 823 with no new fatalities reported since Wednesday.

According to figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health, slightly more than 51.8% of Tri-County residents are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

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