Coronavirus

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A review of cases from the past two months has led to Peoria County adding 16 more COVID-19 fatalities to its total since the start of the pandemic.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

With the addition of more than 4,000 administered doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the past day, the Tri-County has surged past the 100,000-shot mark.

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The expansion of the 1B phase of COVID-19 vaccinations includes pregnant women. While the Tri-County area isn't yet expanding eligibility, other areas of the state may choose to begin that expansion starting Thursday.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

Tri-County health officials reported 61 more COVID-19 cases in Wednesday’s daily update, but for the second consecutive day, the region saw no new fatalities added to the death toll.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Gov. JB Pritzker says Peoria County is a leader in the state's COVID-19 vaccination effort.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

More than 25,000 residents of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Jeffrey Smudde / WGLT

The Peoria Federation of Teachers is going public with its concerns about the March 1 return to school after Peoria Public Schools administration declined to bargain over several issues deemed outside the union's purview.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Two men from Tazewell County became the latest Tri-County deaths linked to COVID-19, while the region moved closer to 34,000 coronavirus infections – and to 100,000 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

As Illinois moves past the 2 million mark for COVID-19 vaccinations, the Tri-County area also continues to reach vaccine milestones, approaching 90,000 administered doses and eclipsing 20,000 people getting their second doses.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Tri-County area announced sharp cutbacks in its allocation of first COVID-19 vaccine doses last week as the state directed local health departments to dedicate more to second doses.

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Goodwill donation drop-off locations and retail stores are ubiquitous. Less obvious is the nonprofit’s job placement services that assist job seekers with everything from resume writing, online applications and mock interviews to new uniforms and transportation.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County has eclipsed 50,000 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and 10,000 residents fully vaccinated, while the Tri-County region has added 77 new coronavirus infections and three additional fatalities in the past day.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

Finding a job as the pandemic wears on is proving difficult for many. Individuals with disabilities can face even larger hurdles. One Peoria-based organization is finding success despite the pandemic.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Peoria County has moved past 250 deaths linked to COVID-19 with five more fatalities reported Wednesday.

WCBU/Jeff Smudde

Bradley University is planning a full return to traditional, in-person education in the fall 2021 semester-- assuming current COVID-19 trends hold.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

The number of people in the Tri-County area with COVID-19 has fallen sharply since Friday, while more than 4% of the region’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Greater Peoria area turned out to donate to the Heart of Illinois United Way's annual campaign.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

UPDATE: 2/15/21 12 PM: The health department confirmed Monday that the vaccine projections for the next three weeks are for first doses, specifically.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

While the Tri-County area produced its most deaths linked to COVID-19 over a seven-day stretch since late January, the region also saw active coronavirus infections decline precipitously in the past three weeks.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2021 will not look as it has in past years, but that does not mean couples cannot have a memorable - and safe - holiday.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Three Woodford County residents have been announced as the Tri-County area’s latest COVID-19 victims, while the number of people from the region who have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine has topped 60,000.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Surging overall demand for the COVID-19 vaccine may mask hesitancy among certain populations, particularly among communities of color.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tri-County health officials on Wednesday reported four new deaths linked to COVID-19 and 139 additional cases, while the region approaches 70,000 administered doses of coronavirus vaccines.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria County is currently administering around 8,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses a month. But all the pieces are in place to drastically upscale that operation--if only more supply was available.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

Tri-County health officials on Tuesday reported just 82 new COVID-19 cases from the previous day, while hospitalizations and active cases in the region declined sharply from the day before.

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Mike Rundle / WCBU

Owens Center is back open for business, and the Peoria Park District is trusting that this reopening will set the tone for 2021.

Peoria Public Schools

The Peoria Public Schools Board of Education gave its unanimous consent to a full return for in-person learners on March 1.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Tri-County health officials on Monday reported five new fatalities linked to COVID-19 and 270 additional infections over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus patients in Peoria-area hospitals increased from 37 to 50 – with more than half of them (26) in intensive care units after showing 11 ICU beds in use on Friday. The region currently has 1,968 residents isolating at home.

WCBU/Jeff Smudde

Bradley University will ease its campus-wide COVID-19 restrictions starting Tuesday.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria City/County Health Department is now using a "1st dose saver" request form to be put on a COVID-19 vaccination wait list.

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