Peoria Public Schools is considering changes to the calendar to adjust for educational deficiencies resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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For the second time in less than a week, a Peoria County resident in their 20s has died from COVID-19 complications.

It's not just high school athletes feeling the scholarship pinch during the pandemic.

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For Illinois restaurateurs, when they say help is needed to stay in business, they don't mean sometime next month. They mean immediately.

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The Tri-County Area moved past 300 deaths tied to COVID-19 with five new fatalities reported Friday.

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A Bradley University online doctoral nursing student has died after contracting COVID-19.

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A new cutting edge treatment aimed at reducing hospital admissions for high-risk COVID-19 patients is now available in central Illinois from OSF HealthCare.

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The first wave of COVID-19 vaccines could be available to some frontline health care workers and nursing home residents in central Illinois in just a matter of days or weeks.

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A Peoria County man in his 20s is the Tri-County area's youngest resident to succumb to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, as health officials reported five new fatalities Thursday.

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Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said he's considering mobile refrigerated trailers to hold more bodies as morgues fill to capacity.

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For the first time in more than three weeks, the Tri-County area added fewer than 300 new COVID-19 cases in one day.

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Republican Congressman Darin LaHood and Democratic U.S. Senator Dick Durbin seem to agree on at least one issue: another coronavirus relief package needs to be passed before the holidays.

Bradley University students won't have a pass/fail grading option available this semester.

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Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties on Tuesday reported 309 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths.

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Bradley University's fall semester during the COVID-19 pandemic was unlike any other in the school's recent history.

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The Tri-County region is reporting 825 additional COVID-19 cases and 10 more deaths over this past weekend.

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Some central Illinois counties should expect to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of this month.

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The grim consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to grow as Tri-County health officials on Friday reported eight new deaths in one day.

The latest fatalities bring the death toll for Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties to 277 since the start of the pandemic, with 65 added in the last two weeks – and 20 in just the past three days.

The region added 356 new COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing the tally to 19,431 since mid-March. Peoria County has produced more than half of the cases (9,941) and almost half of the deaths (138).

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Peoria-area hospitals are seeing more bed space used by COVID-19 patients, but it's been manageable--so far.

Dr. Samer Sader is chief medical officer for UnityPoint's central Illinois hospitals.

"We have had a significant increase in the numbers of patients who are requiring hospitalization," Sader said. "This has been going on for the last few weeks. Every few days, we seem to get a little bit better, and then we immediately have a bit of a spike again."

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The Tri-County area eclipsed 19,000 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday as health officials reported the second-highest increase in infections in one day since the start of the pandemic.

" class="wysiwyg-break drupal-content" src="/sites/all/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">The region has added 429 new cases in the preceding 24 hours, pushing the tally to 19,075 – a gain of nearly 1,099 in the last three days.

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Perhaps the best way to describe Steve Roach, an usher known for his antics at Dozer Park and the Peoria Civic Center, is to recall a photograph taken in July 2018.

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Tri-County Area health officials Wednesday reported seven new COVID-19 related fatalities in the past day as Illinois posted its deadliest 24 hours since the start of the pandemic.

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Adam Duvall is the housing navigator for Advocates for Access. He's subcontracted with the Heart of Illinois Continuum of Care to manage referrals to the site that reopened last month after a summer lull in COVID-19 cases.

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Nearly 250 patients are now being treated for COVID-19 in Peoria-area hospitals as Tri-County area health officials Monday reported a daily average of almost 380 new cases over the four-day holiday weekend.

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Studies show blood plasma donated by people recently recovered from COVID-19 can provide some real benefits to those currently battling the disease. But in central Illinois, there's not enough to go around.

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For a second straight day, Tri-County health officials on Wednesday reported 10 more COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours.

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Public health recommendations are causing changes to many families’ Thanksgiving plans this year. But the pandemic also has had an impact on how area social service organizations distribute Thanksgiving meals to families struggling to keep food on the table.

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Ten more Tri-County residents have died from COVID-19 complications in the past day, and health officials reported Tuesday a total of 209 coronavirus patients being treated at the Peoria-area’s four hospitals.

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The 10th Judicial Circuit is pausing jury trials until January as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in central Illinois.

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The Tri-County region reports 1,043  new COVID-19 cases over the weekend, and eight more deaths.