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Tri-County's COVID-19 caseload has tripled over the past four weeks

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Active COVID-19 cases in the Tri-County increased by 420 in the last seven days, more than tripling the caseload over the past four weeks.

Public health officials from Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties on Friday reported 1,622 residents isolating at home with coronavirus infections, and another 42 patients admitted to Peoria-area hospitals — the most since Sept. 10.

The 1,664 active cases represent the most since a mid-April surge and are more than three times the Nov. 5 total of 551. The region gained 1,808 new cases since last Friday, pushing the total case count since the start of the pandemic to 58,425.

The region’s death toll from the pandemic is up to 871 with six new fatalities reported since Monday, all in Tazewell County.

The latest figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health show 53.3% of Tri-County residents are fully vaccinated and 57.4% have gotten at least one shot.

Statewide, about 69% of Illinoisans have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose and around 61% of the population is fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). About 36% of Illinois’ eligible adults have received booster shots.

Illinois logged 42,599 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, along with 182 additional deaths. The state's death toll since the start of the pandemic stands at 26,535. As of Thursday night, hospitals across Illinois were treating 2,582 patients with COVID-19, including 534 in intensive care units and 221 on ventilators.

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