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Tri-County COVID-19 caseload higher than at any point in 2021; 6,200 residents isolating at home

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The Tri-County's COVID-19 caseload is the highest it has been in more than a year.

The region's three public health departments on Friday reported a total of 6,210 infected Tri-County residents isolating at home. Almost 100 residents — 83 from Peoria County and 10 from Woodford County — are currently hospitalized with COVID-19; information on hospitalizations from Tazewell County is not available.

The last time the region’s caseload — with hospitalizations included — topped 6,300 was Dec. 18, 2020 — four days after active cases peaked at 7,082.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Peoria County's rolling seven-day positivity rate rose to 27.2% as of Tuesday, with Tazewell County at 22.3% and Woodford County at 16.8%.

The IDPH also reports that, as of Friday morning, Region 2 — which includes Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, and the Quad Cities — was down to 20 available ICU beds out of a possible 231.

The three counties added 756 total new cases and two more deaths since Thursday. The region’s cumulative case count now stands at 74,303 and the death toll since the onset of the pandemic is up to 961.

The latest IDPH figures indicate 55.3% of the Tri-County population is fully vaccinated, and 59.5% of residents have received at least one dose.

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Corrected: January 7, 2022 at 5:34 PM CST
This report has been updated to reflect revised figures announced by the Peoria City/County Health Department.