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Cases, recoveries, and deaths: Understanding active cases of COVID-19 in central Illinois

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(WEEK) -- The COVID-19 case count continues to rise across the nation, the state, and here in central Illinois.

Locally, our total case count and total recoveries have increased at roughly the same rate.

But, how do we understand the current presence of COVID-19 in our communities?

While the Illinois Department of Public Health has not released statewide recovery numbers at this point, local health departments regularly update the numbers of recovered patients in their counties.

Central Illinois' COVID-19 death toll rose to 41 Wednesday, with the death a Tazewell County resident.

There were also 10 new COVID-19 cases in the viewing area, bringing our total to 814.

Of those, 591 of those patients have recovered -- about 72.6%.

As of Wednesday, there were approximately 170 active cases across 14 counties.

A week ago, that number was 224.

However, the number of active cases can fluctuate as sometimes recoveries outweigh new cases and vice versa.

Below is a list of local counties and their current active cases ranked from most to least:

  • McLean County: 43 (162 recovered, 11 deaths)
  • LaSalle County: 53 (76 recovered, 13 deaths)
  • Knox County: 26 (68 recovered, 0 deaths)
  • Peoria County: 26 (156 recovered, 8 deaths)
  • Tazewell County: 12 (54 recovered, 3 deaths)
  • Fulton County: 3 (8 recovered)
  • Livingston County: 3 (27 recovered, 2 deaths)
  • Stark County: 2 (1 recovered)
  • Putnam County: 1 (0 recovered)
  • Logan County: 1 (9 recovered)
  • Woodford County: 0 (17 recovered, 2 deaths)
  • Mason County: 0 (17 recovered)
  • Bureau County: 0 (14 recovered, 1 death)
  • Marshall County: 0 (5 recovered)

NOTE: This has been updated to reflect Wednesday's numbers from local health departments.

Sheridan Swathwood

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