Peoria Area COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop; Tri-County Adds 1 Death | WGLT

Peoria Area COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop; Tri-County Adds 1 Death

Mar 2, 2021

Only three current intensive care unit patients at Peoria-area hospitals are being treated for COVID-19, as the Tri-County area approaches 40,000 residents fully vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Tri-County health officials on Tuesday reported 25 people hospitalized with coronavirus infections, down from 37 total patients and 10 in ICUs to start the week. At the start of January, area hospitals had 133 patients with COVID-19 and 30 were in ICUs.

A Peoria County woman in her 70s with underlying health issues became the region's latest death linked to COVID-19. The area's death toll stands at 583 since the start of the pandemic, while the case count is up to 34,370 with 54 infections added since Monday.

Illinois health officials announced 1,577 new illnesses and 47 more deaths in the past day, increasing the state’s totals to 20,583 fatalities and 1,189,416 infections. Hospitals across the state had 1,231 individuals with COVID-19 as of Monday night, including 281 in ICUs. The statewide preliminary seven-day positivity rate ticked higher to 2.8%.

Tuesday’s updated figures on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s online database showed 2,050 additional COVID-19 vaccinations administered in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties in the past day, with 1,605 of those being second doses. That increases the region’s totals to 39,062 booster shots among the 115,874 total injections, with a daily average of 2,653 shots received over the past week.

Statewide, 2,817,892 vaccine doses have been administered and 6.8% of Illinois' total population is fully vaccinated.

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