PEORIA – The Tri-County area continues to see large increases in the number of people infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.
The Peoria City / County Health Department said Monday that all three counties reported another 170 people who tested positive. Fortunately, the number of people who have died – 43 – has not changed over the weekend.
However, the number of people with coronavirus symptoms in one of the four hospitals in the area increased to 53, which is among the highest reported since the pandemic began. It breaks down to 1
The number has increased sharply since the area was moved into phase 4 of the state’s readmission plan. On July 10, a month ago, the area had a total of 835 cases and 39 deaths.
On Monday, Peoria County alone reported that the total number of cases jumped to 1,588, up from 625 on July 10. Tazewell County reported a total of 535, up from 164 a month ago. Woodford County, the smallest population in the Tri-County Area, showed 46 cases on July 10. On Monday, 155 positive tests were reported.
Hospital admissions also show the same large increase. On July 10, a total of 18 people were in the hospital.
In both Tazewell and Peoria counties, the two that release demographic data, people ages 20 to 29 lead the area in the number of positive tests. Both counties also report the age group with the second highest number of positive tests are people in their 30s.
The news is not all bad. In Peoria County, about 2/3 of the cases, or 1,048, were reported to be recovering. Tazewell County reported that 319 out of 535 have recovered from the disease. Woodford County does not report such information.