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Active COVID-19 cases jump 93% across the Tri-County in just 13 days

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Tri-County's COVID-19 caseload is nearly double what it was less than two weeks ago.

Health departments in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties on Monday reported 23 hospitalized patients and 841 residents isolating at home.

The 864 active cases are up by 267 from last Monday, and represent a 93% increase over the four-month low of 448 on Nov. 2. Tazewell County alone added 97 active cases over the weekend, while the caseloads in Peoria County (12) and Woodford County (one) saw slight decreases.

However, the current caseload is still well below the 2,972 hospitalizations and home isolations from the second week of November 2020, one month before the Tri-County peaked at 6,912 active cases on Dec. 16, 2020.

Total new cases in the area grew by 680 in the past week, pushing the region's case count since the start of the pandemic to 55,246. The death toll from COVID-19 since March 2020 stands at 854 with eight new fatalities since last Monday.

Figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health show the Tri-County with 52.4% of residents now fully vaccinated, and 55.9% having received at least one vaccine dose.

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