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Peoria County’s COVID-19 death toll climbs, as the active caseload eases

Joe Deacon

Peoria County has recorded 20 deaths linked to COVID-19 over the past week, while active cases are down to the fewest in nearly a month.

On Tuesday, the Peoria City/County Health Department reported six new deaths in the past 24 hours, a day after announcing seven deaths over the weekend. The Tri-County’s death toll from the pandemic now stands at 1,034 — with 510 in Peoria County, 407 in Tazewell County, and 117 in Woodford County.

While Peoria County logged 205 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, its caseload decreased by 397 in the past day, dropping to 1,632, with 56 hospitalized patients and 1,576 residents in home isolation. The drop-off comes two weeks after the latest surge’s peak of 4,170 active cases in the county.

Woodford County also reported a drop in active COVID-19 cases — from 1,108 to start the week down to 939, including five patients in the hospital. Caseload figures for Tazewell County remain unavailable.

The Tri-County’s cumulative case count since March 2020 now stands at 86,735, with 18,116 so far this month. The totals do not include people who may have taken over-the-counter tests that are not reported to the public health departments.

New figures posted Tuesday on the Illinois Department of Public Health website show 56.2% of Tri-County residents are fully immunized, and 60.6% of the population has received at least one shot.

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Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.