Coronavirus

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A Peoria County woman in her 90s became the Tri-County area’s 513th resident to succumb to COVID-19 as the pandemic’s death toll in Illinois eclipsed 19,000.

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Two more Tazewell County residents have succumbed to COVID-19, while active cases in the Tri-County area ticked up slightly in the past day.

Peoria County has discontinued use of a mobile morgue brought in amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Active COVID-19 cases in the Tri-County area have fallen sharply, with nearly 600 fewer residents either hospitalized or isolating at home since Friday.

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A rural county just north of Peoria is reporting early success getting its teachers vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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It's been nearly a year since many musicians have performed live. The loss of live energy and fan enthusiasm has been a big struggle.

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Peoria Public Schools has a low student COVID-19 positivity rate after the first week of students being back in classes.

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With central Illinois moving into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan on Monday, high school basketball and other high-risk sports are cleared to compete. But a timeline for getting back in action remains undetermined for now.

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While Tri-County health officials on Monday reported an increase of 404 total COVID-19 infections over the weekend, active cases declined by 285, to 2,574.

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Central Illinois is officially moving out of additional mitigations as the region's COVID-19 statistics continue to improve.

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Tri-County health officials on Friday announced three new deaths linked to COVID-19 and 185 additional coronavirus infections in the past day.

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By the end of this week, the first few thousand residents of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties in the 1B group will have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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A Peoria County man in his 50s and a woman in her 90s from Sharon Healthcare Elms are the Tri-County area’s latest COVID-19 victims.

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Overall demand for COVID-19 vaccinations is strong in the Peoria area and statewide. But that high demand can mask a hesitancy among some groups to roll up their sleeves and get the shot. This is especially true among Black and Latinx communities.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

With nine new fatalities announced Wednesday, the Tri-County area has moved to the brink of reaching 500 deaths linked to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

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Tri-County health officials Tuesday reported 13 more Peoria County deaths linked to COVID-19 over the three-day weekend, along with the passing of a Tazewell County man in his 70s.

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With the region's move back to Tier 1 COVID mitigations, some Peoria restaurants are offering indoor dining as an option for the first time in weeks.

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Central Illinois can officially permit limited indoor dining and bar service again, as the region moves back to Tier 1 mitigations.

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Tri-County health officials on Friday reported eight new COVID-19-related deaths, including six victims from Tazewell County.

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With Gov. JB Pritzker officially allowing Region 2 to move back to lighter COVID-19 restrictions, some businesses are now able to reopen their doors to customers--again.

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Knox County will begin vaccinating frontline essential workers and people aged 65 and older next week.

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Have you ever wondered what the person on the other side of the screen thinks of your home during a Zoom meeting? Until now, a lot of us haven't.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The next wave of COVID-19 vaccinations is slated to begin in the Peoria area next week -- and it's a big one.

Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson says the agency expects to vaccinate more than 70,000 people in the Tri-County area in the next several weeks.

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Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the Peoria area dipped below 100 in the latest figures released Thursday by Tri-County health department officials.

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The death of a Peoria County woman in her 80s with underlying health issues is the only new fatality attributed to COVID-19 in the Tri-County area.

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Bradley University students returning to campus for the spring semester will be quarantining again. But it won't look exactly the same as last fall's hunker down.

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People who have been putting off dental procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic should not keep waiting.

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One day after reporting 15 deaths linked to COVID-19 from the past weekend, Tri-County health officials have added two more victims to the growing list, both Woodford County women in their 90s.

Peoria Public Schools students are set to return to in-person learning Jan. 19, and according to Peoria City/County Health Department Public Health Administrator Monica Hendrickson, District 150 is as prepared as it can be.

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A Tazewell County man in his 40s is among 15 new Tri-County area deaths attributed to COVID-19 since Friday, as local health officials on Monday reported an increase in hospitalizations, but a drop in active cases.

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