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COVID-19 update – March 3: Illinois sees 2,104 new cases; McLean County reports 3 more deaths

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(WEEK) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health on Wednesday is reporting 2,104 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 44 deaths, bringing the state's total number of cases to 1,191,520 and the death toll to 20,626.

As of Tuesday night, 1,260 individuals in Illinois were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19, with 275 of those in the ICU and 138 on ventilators.

The state's rolling positivity rate is at 2.9% and Region 2, which includes the Peoria and Bloomington-Normal areas, is seeing its rate stay flat at 2.9% for the second consecutive day.

A total of 2,900,341 vaccines have been administered throughout Illinois, with 328,795 of those at long-term care facilities.

The IDPH is reporting the seven-day rolling average for vaccines administered is at 84,202.

Total Cases Change All Time

Graphic provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health

Public health officials in the Tri-County area of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are announcing 54 new cases, bringing the area's total to 34,424.

Peoria County is reporting one additional death COVID-19-related death to bring its total to 284.

Tazewell and Woodford counties are not reporting any new deaths on Wednesday, leaving their totals at 236 and 64, respectively.

Tazewell is seeing the largest increase of new cases with 23 to raise its total to 13,615.

Peoria County is reporting 15 new cases for a total of 17,072 and Woodford County is adding 16 cases to bring its total to 3,737.

Of the combined 34,424 total cases throughout the three counties, 97% are considered to be recovered, while .05% are hospitalized and 1% are at home in isolation.

Area hospitals are reporting three ICU beds and 18 non-ICU beds are currently in use by those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those under investigation of having the virus.


In McLean County, three additional COVID-19-related deaths are being reported, raising the county's total to 173.

The McLean County Health Department is also reporting 25 new cases for a total of 14,581.

As of Wednesday morning, 22 county residents are hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 172 are at home in isolation. The MCHD reports 14,214 individuals are considered to be recovered.

The county's rolling positivity rate rose slightly Wednesday to 2.1%.

Hospitals in McLean County report 88% of ICU beds and 97% of all beds are currently in use.

McLean County vaccine update
The COVID-19 vaccine clinic that was originally scheduled for today (Wednesday, March 3) has been rescheduled for Friday, March 5 at the same location (ARC – Activity & Recreation Center in Normal). All participants are scheduled for the same appointment time.

Those who registered via email have been updated at the same email address they provided when they registered. A small number of those who registered using the MCHD call center are being contacted via the call center. No further action is needed to confirm a rescheduled appointment. Instructions on how to reschedule the appointment should there be a conflict are included in the email or phone call messages.

Graphic provided by the McLean County Health Department

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