A review of cases from the past two months has led to Peoria County adding 16 more COVID-19 fatalities to its total since the start of the pandemic.
County health officials said Friday there also had been a delay in the reporting of fatality numbers. Aside from one woman in her 40s and a man in his 50s, the victims were all 60 or older while four of them were residents of long-term care facilities.
Coupled with the passing of a Tazewell County man in his 80s, the region's death toll from the pandemic increased to 571 – broken down by county to 271 in Peoria, 236 in Tazewell and 64 in Woodford.
The daily media update indicated 66 new coronavirus infections since Thursday's update. The region's case total stands at 34,201 since mid-March, with 8,183 illnesses so far this year and 2,445 added in February.
Meanwhile, figures updated Friday from the Illinois Department of Public Health’s online database show 9.14% of Tri-County residents are now fully vaccinated for COVID-19.
The region added 4,131 administered doses since Thursday, with 2,827 of those being second dosages. Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties have combined for 107,063 total shots provided, including 32,120 booster injections. Peoria County alone has 19,554 individuals who have gotten a second shot, or 10.83% of the population.
The entire Tri-County area has averaged 2,765 daily doses administered over the past week, contributing to the state’s seven-day rolling average of 68,987. Across Illinois, 2,543,620 vaccine doses have been administered and 5.7% of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated.
The IDPH on Friday reported 2,441 new COVID cases and 55 more deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 1,183,667 infections and 20,460 lives lost. The preliminary seven-day positivity rate ticked slightly higher to 2.7%.
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