Coronavirus

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A year ago, church services came to an abrupt halt. The comfortable after-service chats over coffee and pastry stopped. Hymns stopped. Sunday school stopped. It all moved online. And pastors said they have accomplished a lot to help people emotionally and socially.

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The pandemic forced the Peoria PlayHouse Children's Museum to shut its doors for an entire year. But that all ends this Saturday.

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With COVID-19 leading to an expansion of telehealth services in the past year, Peoria area health care professionals expect those remote treatment options to keep growing even after the pandemic ends.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tri-County health officials on Thursday reported no new fatalities linked to COVID-19, along with 89 new infections in the area, while the area’s fully vaccinated population approached 15%.  

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The South Side Mission is partnering with Walgreens to administer 400 Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines beginning this weekend.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Tri-County area eclipsed two more milestones with COVID-19 vaccinations topping 50,000 residents fully vaccinated and 135,000 doses administered.

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A Woodford County woman is the Tri-County area’s lone new fatality linked to COVID-19 in the past day.

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A Tazewell County man in his 60s became the Tri-County area’s latest death linked to COVID-19, while the region has topped 130,000 total doses of coronavirus vaccines administered since they became available.

It's college application season, and COVID-19 is having an impact for the second year running. Student reporter Olivia Streeter checked into enrollment processes with three local higher learning institutions.

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The Tri-County area and the state of Illinois continue to surpass milestones with COVID-19 vaccinations, while daily reports of new infections and deaths keep getting smaller.

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A drive-thru COVID-19 mass vaccination site for the Peoria area isn't outside the realm of possibility.

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UPDATED 4 P.M. | Tri-County health departments will begin COVID-19 vaccinations for the 1B+ population starting Friday.

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The addition of more than 2,000 second doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in the past day lifted the Tri-County area past 40,000 fully vaccinated residents.

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At this point in the pandemic, OSF HealthCare says it will not turn away the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine "if it's the only option" available for patients.

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The Peoria Chiefs will allow limited in-person fan attendance at Dozer Park this season.

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Only three current intensive care unit patients at Peoria-area hospitals are being treated for COVID-19, as the Tri-County area approaches 40,000 residents fully vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
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Peoria County’s death toll from COVID-19 saw another significant increase Monday as Tri-County health officials announced a case review from the last two months produced 11 additional fatalities tied to the pandemic.

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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.

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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.

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

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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
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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.

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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.

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