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COVID-19 update – March 17: Illinois sees 1,655 new cases reported; Tri-County area adds 99 cases

(WEEK) -- The Illinois Department of Public Health on Tuesday is reporting 1,655 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 17 deaths, bringing the state's total caseload to 1,213,765 and the death toll to 20,988.

As of Tuesday night, 1,143 individuals in Illinois were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19, with 259 of those in the ICU and 102 were on ventilators.

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

A total of 4,283,487 vaccines have been administered throughout the state, with 102,390 jabs given yesterday.

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Ninety nine new COVID-19 cases are being reported in the Tri-County area of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties to raise the area's total to 35,251.

No new deaths were reported to leave that total at 590.

Peoria County is announcing the largest increase of the three counties with 57 to bring its total to 17,481.

Tazewell County is reporting 30 additional cases for a total of 13,925 and Woodford County's total increased to 3,845 with 12 cases reported.

Of the 35,521 total cases throughout the Tri-County area, 97% are considered to be recovered, 2% are at home in isolation and .07% are reportedly hospitalized.

Area hospitals are reporting seven 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, public health officials are reporting 24 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the county's total to 14,895.

No additional deaths related to the virus were announced by the McLean County Health Department, leaving that total at 175.

As of Wednesday morning, 23 county residents were reportedly hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 206 individuals are at home in isolation. The MCHD is also reporting 14,491 individuals are considered to be recovered.

The county's rolling positivity rate is being reported at 2.9%.

Local hospitals in the county say 65% of ICU beds and 87% of all beds are in use.

There have been amount 50,744 COVID-19 vaccines administered in McLean County.

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