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Tri-County Nears 43K COVID-19 Cases, Adds 5 More Deaths

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Tri-County area is on the verge of surpassing 43,000 COVID-19 cases as the entire region tops the 30% threshold for fully vaccinated residents.

Public health officials on Monday reported 338 new coronavirus infections over the weekend, along with five more fatalities linked to the pandemic. That brings the region’s death toll since last March to 645 while case count increased to 42,938.

The latest victims are two Peoria County men, one in his 60s and one in his 80s, both with underlying health conditions; two Tazewell County men in their 50s; and a Woodford County woman in her 80s.

Peoria-area hospitals reported having 157 patients admitted for COVID-19, including 48 in intensive care units. However, the number of infected individuals isolating at home fell by more than 400, to 1,288.

Meanwhile, updated vaccination figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) shows Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties adding 4,180 total shots over the weekend -- with 2,746 individuals receiving their final dose.

That pushes the number of fully vaccinated people to 107,904, or 30.71% of the population. The three counties have combined for 238,948 total injections, with a daily average of 1,759 over the past week. Illinois as a whole is up to 8.86 million shots, and 29.75% of residents are fully dosed.

The IDPH reported 2,137 new COVID-19 cases and 10 additional deaths in the past day, increasing Illinois’ tallies to 1,323,170 infections and 21,836 deaths. Hospitals across the state have 2,083 patients with coronavirus infections; about a quarter of them are in ICUs, and nearly half of those patients are on ventilators. The state’s seven-day rolling positivity rate is down to 4.1%.

COVID-19 in Tri-County

Editor's note: This story previously read the Tri-County was at 49,938 reported COVID-19 cases. The actual number as of Monday, April 26 was 42,938. The story has been updated to reflect the correct information.

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