For the first time in more than three weeks, the Tri-County area added fewer than 300 new COVID-19 cases in one day.
Health officials reported 289 additional infections Wednesday, including 133 in Tazewell County, 125 in Peoria County and 31 in Woodford County. The region's total case count since the start of the pandemic is 20,854.
The last time the Tri-County’s weekday update from the health departments showed less than 300 new cases was Nov. 17. Since then, 7,329 cases have been added – an average of almost 319 per day.
Three more area deaths have been linked to the coronavirus: a Peoria County woman in her 40s with underlying health issues; one Tazewell County man in his 60s, and another in his 90s. The region's death toll stands at 294.
Peoria-area hospitals are treating 177 COVID-19 patients, with 44 in intensive care units. The number of residents in home isolation dipped for a second straight day, down to 6,505 (from 6,701 on Monday and 6,638 on Tuesday).
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 8,256 new COVID cases and 179 additional fatalities Wednesday. Those figures bring the statewide total since mid-March to 812,430 infections and 13,666 deaths.
The preliminary seven-day positivity rate through Tuesday is 11.4%. As of Tuesday night, 5,284 people were in Illinois hospitals for COVID-19, including 1,176 in ICUs and 647 on ventilators.
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