Peoria County Adds 2 COVID-19 Deaths, Nears 90K Vaccinations | WGLT

Peoria County Adds 2 COVID-19 Deaths, Nears 90K Vaccinations

Mar 23, 2021
Originally published on March 23, 2021 4:31 pm

Two Peoria County women are the area’s latest COVID-19 fatalities, as the county stands on the brink of topping 90,000 administered vaccine doses and 40,000 fully vaccinated residents.

Tri-County health officials on Tuesday announced the two new deaths: a woman in her 90s and the other in her 70s. It’s the first time in more than 10 days the region reported multiple new fatalities in a single day.

The combined death toll from the pandemic for Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties increased to 594, while the case count grew to 35,802 with the addition of 133 infections in the past day. Peoria-area hospitals are treating 37 patients with COVID-19, including nine in intensive care units.

Meanwhile, figures updated Tuesday on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s online database show the three counties added 937 administered shots and 253 fully vaccinated individuals since Monday, while the daily average for administered doses over the past week dipped to 1,720.

The region’s totals are up to 163,175 injections and 63,106 fully-dosed residents (17.96% of the population). Peoria County alone accounts for 89,135 shots and 33,997 fully vaccinated residents (18.82%), with Tazewell County recording 57,099 total doses provided and Woodford County at 16,941.

Statewide, 4.82 million doses have been injected and 1.8 million individuals are fully vaccinated -- 14.1% of residents. The IDPH reported 1,832 new cases and 13 new deaths in the past day, bringing Illinois’ counts to 1,224,915 illnesses and 21,116 lives lost.

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