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.
That case review resulted in 17 fatalities added to the county’s total on Friday. The review examined cases with COVID-19 indicated as a contributing factor on the coroner's death certificate in order to bring the county's count in line with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) statistics.
The additional victims were eight men and three women, including five residents of long-term care facilities. Apart from one man in his 50s, all the victims were 60 or older. The revision increases the region’s death toll from the pandemic to 582, with 282 coming from Peoria County.
Area health officials reported 115 new coronavirus infections since Friday, bringing the region’s case count since the start of the pandemic to 34,316. Ten of the 37 patients with COVID-19 at Peoria-area hospitals are in intensive care units, while 343 area residents are isolating at home.
Illinois health officials report 1,143 new illnesses and 20 more fatalities in the past day, boosting the state’s totals since mid-March to 1,187,839 cases and 20,536 deaths. The preliminary seven-day positivity rate remained at 2.7%, while 1,288 individuals were hospitalized as of Sunday night.
Meanwhile, the Tri-County region has exceeded 10% of residents fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
Figures updated Monday on the IDPH’s online database show an addition of 6,791 administered doses in the region since Friday, with 5,337 of those being second doses.
That brings the number of fully vaccinated area residents to 37,457 – 10.66% of the population – while 113,824 total shots have been provided with a daily average of 2,649 injections over the past week. In Peoria County alone, 22,064 individuals have gotten booster injections (12.22%) and 65,637 shots have been given.
Statewide, only 5.66% percent of residents is fully vaccinated, with Illinois adding 50,897 total administered vaccines and 21,356 second doses since Sunday. Illinois’ total number of injections is up to 2,756,831.
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