Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the Tri-County area have nearly tripled in the past three weeks.
Public health officials on Tuesday reported 60 patients with coronavirus infections at Peoria-area hospitals, five more than the previous day – and up from a low of 21 reported on March 9. Currently, 14 individuals are being treated in intensive care units and around 1,100 people are in home isolation.
The region added 195 cases of COVID-19 since Monday, bringing the total for Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties to 37,014. The area’s death toll from the pandemic remained at 596 with no new fatalities reported.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced 2,404 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 17 additional deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, Illinois has recorded 1,241,993 coronavirus infections and 21,273 fatalities.
Hospitals across Illinois report 1,396 COVID-19 patients, with 308 people in ICUs and 121 on ventilators. With hospitalizations on the rise, the state cannot move to the Bridge Phase leading to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan. The statewide preliminary seven-day positivity rate ticked up to 3.9%.
Updated COVID-19 vaccination figures from the IDPH show the Tri-County with 174,416 total doses administered and 19.8% of residents fully vaccinated. The three counties combined to add 1,590 shots in arms over the past day, while the rolling seven day average for injections stands at 2,230.
Illinois as a whole is up to 5.66 million administered doses and 2.11 million fully vaccinated residents, or 16.6% of the population.
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