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The latest COVID-19 surge moves the Tri-County caseload past 2,100

Joe Deacon

Active COVID-19 cases in the Tri-County have increased by 52% over the past week, surpassing 2,100 for the first time in 7½ months.

The latest surge produced 447 additional active cases and 746 new infections over the weekend, according to figures reported Monday by the public health departments in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties.

Peoria-area hospitals are treating 49 patients with COVID-19, the most since Sept. 7. More than half of the region’s 2,062 infected residents isolating at home are from Tazewell County (1,032). The total of 2,111 active cases is up from 1,387 last Monday and marks the highest number since 2,287 on April 22.

The region's total case count climbed to 59,171 with 746 new infections since Friday for an increase of 1,818 over the past seven days. The area's death toll since the start of the pandemic stands at 874 after three more fatalities were reported over the weekend.

According to the latest figures from the Illinois Department of Public Heath, 53.6% of Tri-County residents are fully vaccinated and 57.7% have received at least one dose.

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Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.