A Peoria County woman in her 40s is one of six deaths attributed to COVID-19 in the Tri-County area since Tuesday, as the region continues to pass milestones and set daily records for new cases.
The latest fatalities bring the death toll for Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties to 200 since the start of the pandemic. Peoria County has logged 105 deaths, with Tazewell recording 74 and Woodford adding 21.
The other deaths reported Wednesday were two Peoria County women in their 80s, and three Tazewell County men: one in his 90s from Amy’s Country Manor in Pekin; one in his 70s from Generations of Riverview in East Peoria; and one in his 70s who was not associated with a long-term care facility. The woman in her 40s had underlying conditions.
Tri-County health officials added a single-day high of 449 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday, with 219 of those coming from Tazewell County. The area’s case count since March stands at 13,974, and the Peoria area’s four hospitals are treating 175 patients with COVID-19, including 44 in intensive care units.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 8,822 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases Wednesday, with an additional 140 deaths. Those figures bring the statewide totals to 606,771 infections and 11,014 fatalities.
As of Tuesday night, 5,953 Illinois residents were hospitalized with COVID-19. Among them were 1,146 patients in an ICU and 547 patients on ventilators. The state’s preliminary seven-day positivity rate stands at 14.2%.
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