PEORIA – The Tri-County area continues to see a huge increase in the number of people infected with the COVID-19 virus.
The Peoria County / City Department of Health said on Monday that all three counties reported an additional 170 people who tested positive. Fortunately, the death toll – 43 – remained unchanged on the weekend.
But the number of people with coronavirus symptoms at one of the four regional hospitals has risen to 53, the highest number reported since the pandemic began. This number is divided into 14 patients with ICU and 39 patients without ICU. That was up seven from Friday, when 46 people were hospitalized.
The numbers have increased a lot since the area moved into Phase 4 of the state’s reopening plan. On July 10, or a month ago, the area had a total of 835 cases and 39 deaths.
On Monday, Peoria County alone reported their total cases increased to 1,598, up from 625 on July 10. Tazewell County reported a total of 535, up from 164 a month ago. Woodford County, which has the smallest population in the Triple District, had 46 cases as of July 10. On Monday, there were 155 positive test results.
Hospital admissions also showed a similarly large increase. On July 10, a total of 18 people were in the hospital.
In both Tazewell and Peoria counties, the two counties that publish demographic data, those 20 to 29 years old lead the region in the number of positive trials. Both counties also reported the second highest number of positive tests for those in their 30s.
The news isn’t all bad. In Peoria County, about two-thirds of the cases, or 1,048 cases, are reported to have recovered. Tazewell County reports 319 out of 535 people have recovered from the disease. Woodford County does not report such data.