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Illinois sees lowest COVID-19 cases in almost a year

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PEORIA (WEEK) - Illinois reaches a new milestone as COVID-19 cases hit an 11 month low.

As of today, the Illinois Department of Public Health Reported 401 daily cases, which is the lowest number of cases in a day since March of last year with 330 cases.

In Tazewell County, 39% of the population are fully vaccinated with 79% of the 65 and up age group fully vaccinated.

In the last week, the county only had 21 cases of COVID-19.

Tazewell County Health Department Communication Manager Sara Sparkman said the increasing rates of vaccinations and opening vaccinations to 12 -year-olds play a part in the state decline.

"For Tazewell County, that's great when we can have a day with single digit new case," Sparkman said. "That's a great day."

The seven-day average for the Tri-County area is a pandemic low 15 cases a day.

Peoria County Health Department Administrator Monica Hendrickson said following the safety guidelines and getting vaccinated is key to inching closer to normalcy.

"We're seeing less people becoming infected and less people transmitting the virus to others," Hendrickson said. "What we're seeing in terms in data, rates of hospitalizations and rates of infections is because vaccines work."

The Tazewell County Health Department will host a drive thru vaccination clinic on where they will distribute Pfizer and Moderna vaccines on June 4 and 5.

Darnysha Mitchell

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