PEORIA — With COIVD-19 hospitalizations stabilizing this week, Peoria County has gotten a brief reprieve.
Peoria County on Friday was not on the list of those counties falling into the orange "warning zone" on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s County Level Risk Metrics map, a visual representation of counties with degrading COVID-19 metrics.
"Between last week and this week, reporting of COVID-19-like illnesses in our emergency departments stayed stable from the prior week — it did not get better or worse," said Peoria City/County Health Administrator Monica Hendrickson in an emailed statement. "While this may seem like good news...we are still seeing a significant increase in positive cases. Of the eight metrics that counties are assessed on by IDPH, Peoria County is currently in ‘warning’ for one out of eight of those metrics."
Residents of Peoria County should still be doubling down on preventative measures such as mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing, said Hendrickson.
Eleven of Illinois’ 102 counties have been placed on the state "warning level," including Sangamon County, which includes Springfield.
Other counties put on a warning Friday were Cass, Gallatin, Jackson, Jo Daviess, Johnson, Perry, Randolph, Saline, St. Clair and White.
The three health departments in the Tri-County Area reported 90 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, for a total of 1,674 cases since the pandemic began.
Peoria County saw 74 more cases, for a total of 1,250 cases to-date. Of those, 445 are at home in isolation, 23 are hospitalized, 751 have recovered, and 31 have died. Nearly one-quarter of the cases come from the 19-29 age group, the largest single group of cases. Peoria County is currently reporting a 3.6% positivity rate.
Tazewell County added 13 more cases, for a total of 335 cases to-date. Of those 87 are at home in isolation, seven are hospitalized, 220 have recovered, and eight have died. The 19-29 age group is providing the highest number of cases there as well, about 22%. The Illinois Department of Public health reported a 2.8% positivity rate in Tazewell County for the week of July 19-25.
Woodford County saw three new cases for a to-date total of 89. Of those 20 are at home in isolation, zero are hospitalized, 66 have recovered and three have died. the 50-59 age group is providing the highest number of cases, 25. Woodford County is reporting a 2.28% positivity rate.
Hospitalizations increased by eight since yesterday, with four cases added in the intensive care units for a total of 15, and four added in non-ICU beds for a total of 34.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said there were 1,941 new cases of coronavirus reported Friday in the state. That’s the highest daily total in more than two months. There were another 21 deaths reported.
The state’s positivity rate has now climbed to 3.9%, far higher than it was before the state went to the Phase 4 of reopening at the end of June.
The total number of cases is now 178,837. Deaths total 7,495.
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Doug Finke of the State Journal-Register contributed.