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Local Hospitals treating COVID-19 patients

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Per request of the Illinois Department of Public Health, The Tri-County Health Department representatives shared how many cases are being seen at OSF St. Francis and UnityPoint Methodist, Proctor, and Pekin.

"The number reflected by the hospital systems do not necessarily overlap with the Tri-County residents. Our health care system is large within the state of Illinois one of our largest systems. Seeing patients from throughout our state and even other states." said Monica Hendrickson

There are 3 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the ICU's of the local hospitals, 4 under investigation in the ICU's. There was also 9 positive tests, and 7 specimens taken in the last 24 hours.

Monica Hendrickson with the Peoria County/City Health Department said in preparation for a potential surge, hospital ICU beds remain available.

"What they would normally be built for a year ago, they're trying to expand that right now as we speak."

As many worry about physical and mental well-being the CEO of Heartland Health, Sharon Adams, said they are also available for other types of counseling.

"The situation we're in now they can help people who may lose insurance coverage and help them gain some medical coverage."

When looking at essential services, Hendrickson said you could see some changes at the grocery story.

"Really focusing on how to maintain that six foot separation distance whether it is creating visual reminders, having staff monitor, as well as reminders through the PA systems."

And for essential jobs, the Peoria County Administrator, Scott Sorrel, said policies are in place to keep workers safe.

"Symptomatic ..we obviously want them to stay home … if they have child care needs we want them to stay home, if they are uncomfortable in our work place even if they are an essential service department, we've got procedures in place where they can be excused from coming into work."

In terms of distribution of PPE. in high demand by all our health care professionals, Hendrickson said locally they use a private company called Ta-Da that helps match the need with the want. She said locally both major hospital systems and the health department have all gotten shipments, they now just have to distribute them.

Kaitlin Pearson

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