Tri-County Adds 1 COVID-19 Death; Weekend Vaccinations Top 5,400

Mar 29, 2021

Tri-County public health officials on Monday reported one new death linked to COVID-19, while the region added more than 5,400 administered vaccine shots and 2,100 fully-dosed residents over the weekend.

However, hospitalizations for coronavirus infections have doubled in the area over the past two weeks, and more than 1,100 individuals are isolating at home. Peoria-area hospitals are currently treating 55 patients with COVID-19, including 14 in intensive care units.

The latest victim is a Peoria County man in his 80s with underlying health conditions. The Tri-County’s death toll from the pandemic stands at 596, while the total case count climbed to 36,819 with 482 new illnesses recorded since Friday.

Meanwhile, updated figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) show Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties have combined to administer 172,826 vaccine doses since they became available. The region is up to 69,020 fully vaccinated individuals, which represents 19.6% of the population.

Peoria County stands at 20.3% for fully-dosed residents (36,722) and is among 17 of Illinois’ 102 counties to top the 20% mark. Illinois as a whole is at 16.3% of the population fully vaccinated, with 5.58 million total injections administered.

IDPH added 1,761 new COVID-19 cases and five more deaths in the past day, bringing Illinois’ totals over the past year to 1.24 million infections and 21,256 fatalities.

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