PEORIA — The number of COVID-19 cases reported Monday in the Tri-County Area rose by almost 58% compared with last Monday.
Over the weekend, 109 new cases were reported by the three area health departments. Last Monday, 69 cases were reported, and the Monday before, 75 cases were reported.
On Friday, the Peoria City/County Health Department warned residents that rising case numbers and emergency room visits for COVID-like symptoms had put the county on notice with the Illinois Department of Public Health, and that people in the 20-29 age range were largely to blame.
In Peoria County, there were 81 new cases, for a total of 1,031 cases since the pandemic began. Of those cases, 317 people are at home isolating, 20 are hospitalized, 663 have recovered, and 31 have died. People in the 20-29 age range account for the greatest number of cases, about 22%, followed by 30-39 year-olds, about 18%, and people under 19, about 17%. Peoria is currently reporting a positivity rate of 3.29%.
The Tazewell County Health Department reported 21 new cases, for a to-date total of 279 cases. Of those cases, nine are hospitalized, 87 are at home isolating, 175 have recovered, and eight have died. People in the 20-29 age range account for the highest number of cases, 20%, while people between 50 and 59 account for the second highest number of cases, about 16%. People from 30 to 39 and 60 to 69 are tied for the third most cases, both at about 14%. The Illinois Department of Public Health is showing Tazewell County to have a positivity rate of 2% for the week of July 12 through July 18.
Woodford County added seven more cases over the weekend, for a to-date total of 75 cases. Of those cases, no one is hospitalized, seven people are in home isolation, 65 have recovered, and three died. In Woodford County, the 60 to 69 age group accounts for the most cases, 22, but the 20 to 29 age group is not far behind, with 19 cases. The third highest is the 40 to 49 age group, with nine cases. Woodford County is reporting a 2.11% positivity rate.
In area hospitals, 10 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care units, an increase from eight on Friday. The number of COVID-19 patients utilizing non-intensive care beds remains the same as Friday, 18.
Heartland Health Services announced the consolidation of its testing program down to a single site. The location in Pekin, which did testing by appointment on Wednesdays, has stopped offering the service, and the Saturday drive-up testing site at the Peoria City/County Health Department will no longer be available after Aug. 1. But the Wisconsin Avenue/East Bluff location will add Saturday testing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in addition to the weekday testing it has been offering from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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