Peoria County’s death toll from COVID-19 saw another significant increase Monday as Tri-County health officials announced a case review from the last two months produced 11 additional fatalities tied to the pandemic.
With 100 percent of the vote in, At-Large City Councilwoman Rita Ali and current 4th District Councilman Jim Montelongo are the two Peoria mayoral candidates appearing on the April 6 general election ballot.
Gov. JB Pritkzer has signed a criminal justice reform bill spearheaded by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus. But questions linger among activists, lawmakers and law enforcement officials over the effects of the bill.
Two men from Tazewell County became the latest Tri-County deaths linked COVID-19, while the region moved closer to 34,000 coronavirus infections – and to 100,000 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As Illinois moves past the 2-million mark for COVID-19 vaccinations, the Tri-County area also continues to reach vaccine milestones, approaching 90,000 administered doses and eclipsing 20,000 people getting their second doses.
Peoria County has eclipsed 50,000 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 10,000 residents fully vaccinated, while the Tri-County region has added 77 new coronavirus infections and three additional fatalities in the past day.
UPDATED 11 A.M. | The Bradley University men's basketball program announced Thursday morning that junior forward Ja'Shon Henry has been cleared of wrongdoing and reinstated to the team, effective immediately.
The program issued a statement saying Henry “is neither a person of interest nor suspect in any case. He also has been cleared of possible student conduct violations.” Henry is expected to play in Thursday's 6 p.m. game against Illinois State at Carver Arena.
While high school basketball and other sports are back in action in central Illinois, limitations remain on the number of spectators allowed, if any. So, schools have started turning to live-streaming the events for fans and family members.
While the Tri-County area produced its most deaths linked to COVID-19 over a seven-day stretch since late January, the region also saw active coronavirus infections decline precipitously in the past three weeks.
Three Woodford County residents have been announced as the Tri-County area’s latest COVID-19 victims, while the number of people from the region who have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine has topped 60,000.
Tri-County health officials on Monday reported five new fatalities linked to COVID-19 and 270 additional infections over the weekend.
Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus patients in Peoria-area hospitals increased from 37 to 50 – with more than half of them (26) in intensive care units after showing 11 ICU beds in use on Friday. The region currently has 1,968 residents isolating at home.