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Tri-County area reports 66 new COVID-19 cases, revised data show 16 more COVID-19 deaths

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Local health leaders are revising data from the past two months, showing 16 more COVID-19-related deaths in Peoria County, while the Tri-County region of Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties reported 66 new coronavirus cases on Friday.

There was a delay in reporting fatalities, according to health officials. So on Friday, they added 16 deaths, bringing the total to 271 in Peoria County, and 571 in the Tri-Counties.

Information released Friday revealed the youngest person who died in Peoria County was a woman in her 40s. Health officials said four of the dead were nursing home residents. Three of them, a man in his 60s and two men in their 70s, lived at Sharon Willows in Peoria. The other, a woman in her 90s, lived at Country Comfort in Elmwood.

A man in his 80s was the only fatality reported Friday in Tazewell County.

Of the 66 new COVID-19 cases, 32 were from Tazewell County, 21 from Peoria County, and 12 from Woodford County..

Of the 34,201 cases in the Tri-Counties since the start of the pandemic, 97% are considered to be recovered, .05% are hospitalized, and 1% are at home in isolation, health officials said.

Area hospitals are reporting five ICU beds and 25 non-ICU beds are in use by those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those under investigation for having the virus. That compares to Thursday's data showing nine ICU beds and 22 non-ICU beds in use for people who've tested positive or were being investigated for having COVID-19.

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Howard Packowitz

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