A Peoria County man in his 20s is the Tri-County area's youngest resident to succumb to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, as health officials reported five new fatalities Thursday.
Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson is limited in the information she can release due to HIPAA.
"The individual had tested positive for COVID-19, but also had numerous comorbidities," she said.
The other most recent victims are a Peoria County man in his 60s, a Tazewell County man over 100, and two Tazewell County women over 90 from Hallmark Healthcare in Pekin. The region’s death toll attributed to the coronavirus disease is now at 299.
The latest daily case total spiked Thursday with 357 new infections, just one day after officials reported a single-day increase of less than 300 for the first time in three weeks. This brings the tally for the region to 21,211 since mid-March.
Hendrickson said the Tri-County has seen 2,136 new COVID-19 cases in just the past week, and 30 additional deaths.
Peoria-area hospitals have 183 COVID-19 patients, including 48 in intensive care units. The number of area residents in home isolation dropped for a third straight day, down to 6,389 from 6,506.
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday reported 11,101 new COVID cases and 196 additional deaths over the previous 24 hours. The latest figures bring the statewide totals to 823,531 coronavirus infections and 13,861 fatalities.
Hospitals across Illinois are caring for 5,138 people with COVID-19, including 1,081 in ICUs and 606 on ventilators. The state’s preliminary seven-day positivity rate is 11.4%.
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