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Tri-County COVID-19 caseload climbs to a 7-month high

Joe Deacon

Active COVID-19 cases in the Tri-County are at the highest total since the end of April.

The public health departments in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties on Monday reported 1,356 area residents isolating at home with coronavirus infections, and another 31 patients being treated for COVID-19 at Peoria-area hospitals.

The 1,387 active cases mark an increase of 106 over the past week and the most since 1,452 on April 30, topping a Sept. 3 pre-Labor Day spike by 12. The number of residents in home isolation is the most since 1,704 on April 23.

With 1,038 total new infections since last Monday, the region’s total case count since the start of the pandemic is up to 57,353. Two new fatalities in Peoria County over the extended weekend brought the Tri-County’s COVID-19 death toll to 865 since March 2020.

The latest figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) showed 52.9% of Tri-County residents being fully vaccinated for COVID-19, with all three counties now above 50% (Peoria County 53.6%; Tazewell County 52.85%; Woodford County 50.1%). The number of Tri-County residents with at least one vaccine dose is up to 200,425, which is 57% of the population.

The IDPH reported Illinois with 1,804,161 total COVID-19 cases and 26,391 confirmed deaths attributed to the pandemic over the past 19 months. The state’s seven-day rolling average test positivity rate is 5.2%.

Nearly 57.9% of Illinoisans are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including 73.1% of adults and 86.2% of seniors over age 65.

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