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COVID-19 update – March 16: Illinois sees 1,997 new cases reported; Tri-County area adds 70 to its total

(WEEK) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday is announcing 1,997 new COVID-19 cases and 19 additional deaths, bringing the state's total caseload to 1,212,110 and the death toll to 20,973.

As of Monday night, 1,152 individuals across the state were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19, with 250 of those in the ICU and 124 on ventilators.

The state's rolling positivity rate is being reported at 2.6% and Region 2, which includes the Peoria and Bloomington-Normal areas, is seeing its rate stay flat at 2.8%.

The IDPH is also reporting a total of 4,181,097 vaccines have been administered, with 78,287 jabs given yesterday.

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Public health departments in the Tri-County area of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are reporting 70 new COVID-19 cases to bring the area's total to 35,152.

No additional deaths were reported to leave the area's total at 590.

Peoria County is reporting the largest increase of new cases among the three counties with 38, brining its total to 17,424.

Tazewell County is adding 21 cases for a total of 13,895 and Woodford County's total rose to 3,833 with 11 additional cases announced.

Of the combined 35,152 cases throughout the three counties, 97% are considered recovered, while .06% are hospitalized and 2% are at home in isolation.

Area hospitals are reporting 11 ICU beds and 24 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, public health officials are reporting 40 new COVID-19 cases to bring the county's total to 14,871.

No additional deaths were reported Tuesday to leave the county's total at 175.

The rolling positivity rate is being reported at 2.8%.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 23 McLean County residents were reportedly hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 204 are in isolation. The MCHD is also reporting 14,469 individuals are considered to be recovered.

Hospitals in the county are reporting 77% of ICU beds and 88% of all beds are currently in use.

McLean County vaccine update
The MCHD opened first-dose appointments for Phase 1B+ residents on Monday, March 15th. There are still first dose appointments available for the following clinics at Grossinger Motors Arena:

  • Wednesday, March 17
  • Thursday, March 18
  • Friday, March 19
  • Saturday, March 20

Registering for appointments: Individuals who live or work in McLean County who are eligible as part of the Phase 1A, 1B or 1B Plus can register for an appointment via the MCHD website at . Those with limited or no online access may call the MCHD COVID-19 Call Center (309) 888-5600 for assistance with scheduling. The Call Center is available Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

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