As COVID cases rise, Tri-County health leaders report 32 more deaths in just a week

Peoria City/County Health Administrator Monica Hendrickson reports 'tsunami' of new COVID-19...
Peoria City/County Health Administrator Monica Hendrickson reports 'tsunami' of new COVID-19 cases.(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 6, 2022 at 9:11 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - In the past week, 32 more people have died in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties from illnesses related to COVID-19, health leaders said on Thursday.

The Tri-County region is also averaging 682 new COVID-19 cases daily the last seven days, compared to an average of 575 new cases the previous week. Peoria County alone averaged 362 new infections this week, up from 312 the previous week in a surge said to be fueled by the Omicron variant.

“We have never, ever been at this high of a value of cases each day,” said Monica Hendrickson, the Peoria City/County health administrator.

The 32 deaths in the Tri-Counties this week raised the area’s death toll to 959, said Hendrickson. She said the four local hospitals reported six of the deaths in the past 24 hours.

Health leaders said 5,130 COVID patients in the Tri-Counties were isolating at home, and 86 Peoria and Woodford County residents were hospitalized. Hendrickson did not provide the number of Tazewell County residents who are hospitalized with the virus.

With a “tsunami” of cases coming in daily, Hendrickson said it’s become harder and “more than a full time job” to track the data.

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