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State reports fewer than 500 COVID-19 cases for second consecutive day; rolling positivity rates staying below 2%

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(WEEK) -- State public health officials in Illinois are reporting fewer than 500 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday for the second consecutive day.

It's also the seventh consecutive day the Illinois Department of Public Health has reported less than 1,000 cases in a single day.

However, the latest report of 478 cases brings the state's total to 1,383,065, and with an additional nine deaths announced, the death toll rose to 22,842.

The statewide vaccination rate for adults remains at 51% for fully vaccinated and 67% for those who have had at least one shot.

A total of 11,338,305 vaccines have been administered statewide, with 29,322 jabs given on Tuesday.

How do the local rates look?

  • Peoria County: 39.79% of population fully vaccinated
  • Tazewell County: 39.36% of population fully vaccinated
  • Woodford County: 38.17% of population fully vaccinated
  • McLean County: 40.73% of population fully vaccinated

As of Tuesday night across Illinois, 1,013 individuals were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19, with 278 of those being in the ICU and 150 were on ventilators.

The state's rolling positivity rate is being reported at 1.8% and Region 2, which includes the Peoria and Bloomington-Normal areas, is seeing its rate stay flat at 1.9% for the second straight day.

The Tri-County area of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties is reporting an increase of 13 cases to bring the areas total to 45,462.

Each of the counties reported one additional death related to the virus, raising the area's total to 744.

McLean County public health officials are announcing just three new cases of the virus for a total of 18,380. No additional deaths were reported by the McLean County Health Department on Wednesday to leave that total at 230.

The county's rolling positivity rate is being reported at 1.5%.

Drew Veskauf

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