Coronavirus

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.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

More than 15% of the Tri-County population has received the COVID-19 vaccine and 2.5% is fully vaccinated, according to the latest figures from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Pritzker speaks
Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Public university presidents recently wrote Gov. JB Pritzker, asking him to make higher education a priority area for COVID-19 vaccinations. But with only a limited number of doses available, Pritzker said he made the decision to place higher ed staff and students in the 1C class--or at least behind K-12 employees.

Bloomington-Normal and Peoria Republicans are blasting Gov. JB Pritzker's decision to include state lawmakers in phase 1B of Illinois' COVID vaccination efforts.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties continue to trend in the right direction on COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A coronavirus mutation detected recently by Pekin's Reditus Laboratories is not quite identical to one commonly linked to the United Kingdom.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Peoria County has topped 35,000 administered doses of the coronavirus vaccine, as Tri-County health officials report three more deaths linked to COVID-19 and 153 additional infections.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Active COVID-19 cases in the Tri-County area dropped by more than 300 in the past day, while the region added just 50 more total infections and – for the first time in more than a month – no new deaths.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

The Tri-County area added a little more than 300 new COVID-19 illnesses since Friday, but Peoria-area hospitals have fewer than 50 coronavirus patients for the first time in four months.

Libraries in the Peoria area are beginning to reopen their doors and services to the public again with altered guidelines still in place to reinforce safety for patrons and employees alike.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

Central Illinois assisted living facilities are scheduling their first COVID-19 vaccination clinics in the coming days — but weeks later than the rollout in skilled nursing care.

Long-term care residents and staff are a top priority for the state's vaccination efforts under the 1A wave. 

Joe Deacon / WCBU

More than 18,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the Tri-County region since last week – including 3,500 in the past day.  

Investors are taking Caterpillar's fourth-quarter earnings report as a positive sign for heavy industry.

The company reported fourth-quarter sales and revenues of $11.2 billion, or $2.12 profit per share. Barron's reports most analysts expected earnings per share closer to $1.50.

Caterpillar shares were up about 3.5% before markets opened Friday morning.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

More providers are now offering COVID-19 vaccines for those in the 1A or 1B groups.

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