COVID-19 vaccine

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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.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

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

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

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

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

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.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

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
Tim Shelley / WCBU

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.

Joe Deacon / WCBU

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.

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.

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The Peoria County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about an increase in COVID-19 scammers trying to swindle people in the Peoria area.

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.

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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Peoria County has moved past 250 deaths linked to COVID-19 with five more fatalities reported Wednesday.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
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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.

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
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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.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
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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.

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