Tri-County Adds 1 COVID-19 Death; Statewide Toll Tops 19K
A Peoria County woman in her 90s became the Tri-County area’s 513th resident to succumb to COVID-19 as the pandemic’s death toll in Illinois eclipsed 19,000.
Tri-County health officials on Thursday reported 145 new coronavirus illnesses in the past day, bringing the region’s case count to 31,640 since the start of the pandemic.
Peoria-area hospitals are treating 11 fewer coronavirus infections than the day before, with 16 of the 57 patients in intensive care units. The number of residents in home isolation climbed 10 to 2,215.
"We are super excited to see these numbers trending in the right direction, including the fact we have fully engaged into Phase 4," said Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson.
Hendrickson says this appears to be a real decrease in case counts, not just a decrease in testing. The numbers of tests conducted per day has steadily remained around 1,000 since before the holidays.
Figures from the Illinois Department of Public Heath (IDPH) show 38,580 doses of the COVID vaccine administered in the Tri-County area and 3,977 residents fully vaccinated – 1.13% of the total population.
Thursday marked the first day in two weeks with just a single COVID-related death recorded in the Tri-County area. The deceased woman was a resident of Procter Place.
The IDPH announced 103 more COVID-19 fatalities and 4,191 additional confirmed or probable infections. Those figures moved the statewide death toll to 19,067 and the case count to 1,116,372.
Hospitals in Illinois are treating 2,802 coronavirus patients, with 567 in ICUs and 292 on ventilators. The seven-day positivity rate is at 5.5%, and 178,684 residents have been fully vaccinated while 829,488 doses have been administered.
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