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COVID-19 update – March 18: Illinois reports 2,325 new cases; Tri-County area sees 2 more deaths

(WEEK) -- Illinois on Thursday is seeing 2,325 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 34 deaths reported, bringing the state's total number of cases to 1,216,090 and the death toll to 21,022.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is also reporting a total of 4,375,171 vaccines have been administered throughout the state, with 91,684 jabs given on Wednesday.

As of Wednesday night, 1,120 individuals in Illinois were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19, with 252 of those in the ICU and 100 were on ventilators.

The rolling positivity rate for the state is being reported at 2.7% and Region 2, which includes the Peoria and Bloomington-Normal areas, is seeing its rate rise slightly to 2.9%.

Total Cases Change All Time

Graphic provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health

Public health departments in the Tri-County area of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are reporting two more COVID-19-related deaths and an additional 84 cases of the virus.

The two latest deaths are being reported in Woodford County, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 90s, but the deaths occurred in December 2020 and were identified after case reviews, according to the health officials.

This brings Woodford County's total number of deaths to 69.

Peoria County has previously reported a total of 286 COVID-19-related deaths and Tazewell County has reported 237.

Peoria County is seeing the largest increase of new cases with 53 reported Thursday, bringing its total to 17,534.

Tazewell County is announcing 20 new cases for a total of 13,945 and Woodford County's total caseload increased to 3,856 with 11 new cases reported.

Of the combined 35,335 total cases throughout the three counties, 97% are considered recovered, while .06% are hospitalized and 2% are at home in isolation.

Area hospitals are reporting eight 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.

The McLean County Health Department is reporting 29 new COVID-19 cases to bring its total to 14,924.

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

The seven-day rolling positivity rate is being reported at 2.8%.

As of Thursday morning, 23 county residents were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19 and 215 individuals are at home in isolation. The MCHD also reports 14,511 individuals are considered to be recovered.

McLean County COVID-19 vaccine update
Registration for first-dose COVID-19 vaccines open this morning at 11:00am for Phase 1a, 1b and 1b+ eligible residents for the following clinics at Grossinger Motors Arena:

  • Tuesday, March 23
  • Wednesday, March 24
  • Thursday, March 25
  • Friday, March 26
  • Saturday, March 27

Registration is available online at or by calling our COVID-19 call center (for those with limited or no computer access) at (309) 888-5600 Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.

Graphic provided by the McLean County Health Department

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