Tri-County health officials on Wednesday reported 167 new COVID-19 cases in the past day, as the region surged past 18% of residents now fully vaccinated and Illinois topped the 5-million mark for administered doses.
The new infections pushed the region's total to 35,969 since the start of the pandemic, and 1,768 since the beginning of March. With no new fatalities reported, the death toll for Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties remained at 594.
Peoria-area hospitals have 41 coronavirus patients – the most since 50 on Feb. 8 – with 12 in intensive care units; about 720 Tri-County residents are isolating at home.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,793 new infections and 20 more deaths since Tuesday. The state’s totals over the past year increased to 1,227,708 illnesses and 21,136 fatalities. The state’s seven-day positivity rate climbed to 3.1%.
Updated vaccination figures on the IDPH’s online database have the Tri-County with 64,809 fully vaccinated individuals over age 16, an increase of 1,703 from the day before. Peoria County alone accounts for 34,866 fully dosed individuals, or 19.3%.
According to the IDPH, data reporting issues resulted in some injections being tallied multiple times. In correcting the discrepancy, the health department revised Peoria County’s total for shots to 85,502 – a decrease of more than 3,600.
Factoring in Tazewell and Woodford counties, the region’s total for vaccine doses administered changed to 161,305. The area’s rolling seven-day average stands at 1,925.
Illinois added 218,267 shots in arms in the past day, bringing the state’s total to 5,036,364. About 96,000 more individuals became fully vaccinated since Tuesday to put Illinois at 1,890,722, which represents 14.8% of the population.
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