(WEEK) -- More than 2,000 central Illinois residents have died after contracting COVID-19 since the pandemic began nearly 18 months ago.
The region hit that milestone on Friday, as Knox County announced two additional deaths, and LaSalle County added three, and McLean added one.
Deaths attributed to the virus have increased in the past month, following the trend of climbing case numbers and positivity rates.
It took a little over a month for our 14 counties to get from 1,900 deaths to 2,000.
We compared that to the last 100, and it took nearly three months to get from 1,800 deaths to 1,900.
However, the latest surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths still pales in comparison to earlier surges.
It was right after Christmas 2020 when the central Illinois region hit 1,000 Covid-related deaths, and 500 of those had been announced in the six weeks prior to that.
- Nov. 21, 2020: 510 total deaths
- Dec. 28, 2020: 1,027 total deaths (38 days)
- Aug. 18, 2021: 1,902 total deaths
- Sep. 24, 2021: 2,005 total deaths (38 days)
25 News compiled a profile on COVID-19 related deaths in a Digging Deeper story. Read more here.
COVID-19 related deaths by county listed below: