Health and Medicine

Jeff Smudde / WGLT

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

Joe Deacon / WCBU

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.

People bowling
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are now receiving their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

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

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

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.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

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.

The Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin
David Mercer / AP

Vivian Reed wants the Federal Bureau of Prisons to be more forthcoming about conditions at the Federal Correctional Institution in Pekin amid a second COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

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.

Cafe Santa Rosa / Facebook

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.

Peoria City/County Health Department

A campaign will soon roll out that urges Peoria-area residents to get vaccinated—even before the coronavirus vaccine is widely available.

Kristin McHugh/WCBU

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

Joe Deacon / WCBU

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

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

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.

Courtesy City of Galesburg

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

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.

Peoria City/County Health Department building
Tim Shelley / WCBU

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

Joe Deacon / WCBU

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.

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.

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.

Soulside Healing Arts / Facebook

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic increasing the need to focus on mental health and community healing, a Peoria nonprofit will present a two-day virtual wellness seminar.

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

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

A Peoria baby will see her first Christmas after her life was saved by an innovative new medical treatment.

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.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria area's two major hospital networks have exhausted the area's first COVID-19 vaccine shipment, beginning the inoculation process for 1,801 frontline health care workers.

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.

Tim Shelley / Peoria Public Radio

The first COVID-19 vaccines could begin arriving at long-term care facilities in the Peoria area later this month.

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

Pages