Nearly 250 patients are now being treated for COVID-19 in Peoria-area hospitals as Tri-County area health officials Monday reported a daily average of almost 380 new cases over the four-day holiday weekend.
Fourteen additional deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus disease since Wednesday, bringing the region’s total number of fatalities since the start of the pandemic to 254. The region’s case count increased by 1,515 to 17,976.
Eight of the new deaths were from Peoria County, including four women who were residents of Bickford Senior Living and one woman in her 50s from Sharon Pines. Two of the five Tazewell County deaths came from long-term care facilities, while the lone Woodford County fatality was a woman in her 70s who lived at Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka.
The number of area residents isolating at home grew to 5,815, while a record 248 patients are in the hospitals, including 56 in intensive care. That represents an increase of 59 hospitalizations and 1,293 home isolations from one week ago.
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday reported 6,190 new COVID-19 cases, and an additional 85 deaths. The state has totaled 726,304 cases and 12,278 deaths since March. As of Sunday night, the state had 5,849 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, with 1,217 patients in the ICU and 715 on ventilators. The state's positivity rate is 12.2%.
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