Tri-County Area health officials Wednesday reported seven new COVID-19 related fatalities in the past day as Illinois posted its deadliest 24 hours since the start of the pandemic.
With 238 new deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, the state’s death toll now stands at 12,639. The latest fatalities in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties increased the regional tally to 264 since the start of the pandemic, and 110 deaths in the past four weeks.
The region added 326 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday, as 18,646 Peoria-area individuals have been infected with the coronavirus.
Peoria-area hospitals are treating 170 patients with COVID, including 48 in intensive care units. The number of residents isolating at home is 5,985.
Four Tazewell County men older than 70 were among the latest deaths, including one resident of Washington Senior Living and one from Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton. The other fatalities involved a Peoria County man and two Woodford County women, all of whom had underlying health conditions.
The Illinois Department of Public Health added 9,757 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total count to more than 748,603 since March.
Across the state, 5,764 patients were hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Tuesday night, including 1,190 in ICUs; 714 are on ventilators. The state's seven-day positivity rate is 12.5%.
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