PEORIA (WEEK) – Health leaders in the region covering Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties said Thursday the COVID-19 surge triggered by the Delta variant may have peaked in recent days.
Peoria City/County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson reported 664 new COVID-19 cases in the Tri-Counties the past seven days, down from 804 new cases reported the previous weekly period. And, she said for the first time in 17 days, the seven-day rolling average of new cases in the three counties dipped below 100.
“Things are settling down. We’re starting to see some plateaus,” said Hendrickson.
“As long as we continue to do the mitigations that we are seeing in our schools and other settings, we should start seeing a downturn, but again I didn’t expect us to still be talking about this at this point in time,” she added.
Hendrickson reported 15 more COVID-related deaths this past week, raising the Tri-County’s death toll to 803 since the pandemic started. The latest fatality was a Peoria County woman in her 70s who was not vaccinated, said Hendrickson.
“This is an illness of the unvaccinated,” Hendrickson said.
She reported 982 Tri-County residents are isolating at home, and 52 COVID-19 patients hospitalized.
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