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Tri-County COVID-19 deaths top 1,100 as active cases keep falling

A patient receives a COVID-19 vaccine injection at the Tazewell County Health Department clinic in Pekin.
Joe Deacon
A patient receives a COVID-19 vaccine injection at the Tazewell County Health Department clinic in Pekin.

Active COVID-19 cases in Peoria County are down to the fewest in three months, with hospitalizations at their lowest since early December.

However, the Tri-County's death toll from the pandemic has topped 1,100, with 12 fatalities reported in the area over the past week.

The Peoria City-County Health Department on Friday reported 19 residents in the hospital with COVID, matching the figure from Dec. 3, while another 330 individuals are currently isolating at home. The last time the county's caseload was below 350 was on Nov. 15.

Woodford County’s active cases are down to 153, including three hospitalized individuals; caseload figures for Tazewell County are unavailable. The totals do not include results from at-home COVID tests that are not reported to public health departments.

After going a full week without reporting a COVID-related death, Peoria County logged three on Wednesday and three on Thursday. Tazewell County announced two fatalities on Friday to increase its total for the week to five, while Woodford County had one death in the past seven days. The region’s death toll now stands at 1,101 since March 2020, including 174 so far in 2022.

The Tri-County has averaged 87 new COVID cases per day over the past week, bringing the case count since the start of the pandemic to 91,537. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 57% of Tri-County residents are fully vaccinated.

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Contact Joe at jdeacon@ilstu.edu.