Coronavirus

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Barb Hoffman, a travel agent for Direct Travel in Peoria, said 2020 was a year like no other when it came to her industry.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

The Tri-County area is considering temporarily pausing or slowing down its requests for more COVID-19 vaccines because most of the region's top-priority clients have received a shot, or even gotten their second dose.

CityLink, the Peoria-area transit system, faced a variety of challenges due to the coronavirus in 2020, but fared better than systems in many larger cities, said General Manager Doug Roelfs.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Fulton County Health Department is busy distributing its first 200 doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine after a shipment arrived earlier this week.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Thirteen more Tri-County residents have died from COVID-19, while health officials on Friday reported 319 new coronavirus cases in the region.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

A Peoria County woman in her 60s with underlying health conditions is the Tri-County area's only new death linked to COVID-19 reported Thursday.

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Tim Shelley / WCBU

One woman and three men from Tazewell County and two Peoria County men are the latest Tri-County residents to die from COVID-19 as Illinois approaches 1 million coronavirus infections.

Regions Could Have Some Mitigations Loosened Starting Jan. 15

Jan 6, 2021
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Statewide Tier 3 COVID-19 mitigations could be lifted within 10 days.

Chillicothe may consider rolling back its enforcement of Gov. JB Pritzker's COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants and bars next month.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

Three more Peoria County residents of long-term care facilities have succumbed to COVID-19, with Tri-County health officials reporting Tuesday an increase of 276 coronavirus infections in the past day.

The region added 113 active COVID cases since Monday. While Peoria-area hospitals reported 108 coronavirus patients – down 23 from the day before – the number of residents in home isolation climbed to 2,833.

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Tim Shelley / WCBU

A drop in active COVID-19 cases of more than 43% in the Tri-County area is counterbalanced by the grim addition of 25 more deaths attributed to the ongoing pandemic.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Tri-County health officials report 15 more people have died of COVID-19 complications, pushing the region’s deal toll since the start of the pandemic to 400.

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Bradley University

Bradley’s men’s basketball team will get an extended holiday break as the program’s first COVID-19 positive tests of the season have prompted the Braves to postpone their first conference games of the new year.

The former Heddington Oaks nursing home will serve as a distribution site for COVID-19 vaccines.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Peoria and Tazewell counties both added nine deaths attributed to COVID-19 over the extended Christmas holiday weekend, while more than 800 new cases in the Tri-County area pushed the region past 25,000.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

Five new deaths linked to COVID-19 in the Tri-County area bring the tally to 40 in the past seven days.

Tim Shelley / WCBU

The Peoria area dodged a post-Thanksgiving surge in COVID-19 cases, mainly thanks to people following guidance to avoid large holiday gatherings with extended family.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

Seven fatalities in Woodford County account for half of the deadliest single day in the Tri-County area since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tory Dahlhoff / WCBU

We recently shared the story of Peoria High School senior Imani Abdul, one of the members of the Woodruff Career and Technical Center’s culinary team that won the ProStart state competition last March, but were denied a chance to attend the national competition due to the pandemic. 

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

While more than 17,000 people in the Tri-County Area have recovered from COVID-19 and the number of people in home isolation dropped by more than 5,000, the region’s death toll continues to climb.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

Sixty Tri-County residents have succumbed to COVID-19 complications in the past two weeks following the addition of six more deaths announced on Friday.

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2020 is forcing all of us to spend more time at home. Some are using those extra hours stuck indoors to pick up a new skill or practice. Making art of any kind -- whether it be painting, sewing, or crafting -- has proven to be a creative outlet for many.

Trisha Yocum is owner of Art at the Bodega in Washington. She says hands-on artistic activities help alleviate some of the stresses and worries this year has brought.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Four Tazewell County residents are the latest individuals from the Tri-County area to succumb to complications from COVID-19 as the region’s case count continues to escalate.

Mike Rundle / WCBU

Dan Conlin has been praying more lately.

The first Central Illinois UnityPoint health workers have received their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

Tri-County health officials reported nine new deaths linked to COVID-19 on Wednesday, while Peoria-area hospitals are treating nearly 60 more coronavirus patients than the day before.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

The Tri-County Area posted a single-day increase of fewer than 300 COVID-19 cases Tuesday for just the third time in the past four weeks.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The quiet excitement in the room was palpable as five OSF Saint Francis Medical Center health workers sat down in a cushy blue chair one by one, rolled up their sleeves, and received their first dose of Pfizer's newly authorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Courtesy OSF HealthCare

For months, health workers have been the front line of defense in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. But after several months, some have pushed themselves beyond their limits.

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