The death of a Peoria County woman in her 80s with underlying health issues is the only new fatality attributed to COVID-19 in the Tri-County area.
According to figures released Wednesday by Tri-County health officials, active coronavirus cases fell by 100, to 2,753.
Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) shows 12,500 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties combined, and 1,560 residents have been fully vaccinated.
Total infections in the region since the start of the pandemic increased by 192, to 29,359, while the death toll stands at 466. Of the 111 COVID-19 patients in Peoria-area hospitals, 32 are in intensive care units.
Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson said Region 2, which includes the Peoria area, is expected to go back to Tier 2 mitigations tomorrow. While this doesn't allow indoor dining to resume, it does ease some restrictions on casinos, movie theaters, and social gatherings.
"We are trending in the right direction," she said.
However, Hendrickson said the region doesn't quite meet the metrics to go back to Tier 1 mitigations, where we were prior to Thanksgiving.
The IDPH reported 5,862 new COVID-19 cases to bring the statewide total since mid-March to 1,046,030. With 92 new fatalities attributed to the pandemic, Illinois’ death toll moved to 17,840.
The statewide preliminary seven-day positivity rate dipped to 8.3%, while hospitals across the state were treating 3,642 patients with coronavirus infections, including 749 in ICUs and 386 on ventilators
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