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COVID-19 update – April 8: State reports 3,739 new COVID-19 cases as Region 2’s rolling positivity rate increases again

SPRINGFIELD (HOI) — The Illinois Department of Public Health on Thursday is reporting 3,739 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 34 deaths related to the virus, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 1,269,196 and the death toll to 21,457.

The state’s public health department is also reporting a single-day record for the number of vaccines administered with 154,021 given on Wednesday.

Illinois is now recording a total of 6,707,183 vaccines given in all.

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The statewide rolling positivity rate is being reported at 4.8% at Region 2 of the Restore Illinois plan, which includes the Peoria and Bloomington-Normal areas, is seeing the 11th straight day of an increase in its rate, which now stands at 6.9%.

As of Wednesday night, 1,798 individuals in Illinois were reportedly hospitalized with COVID-19, with 351 of those in the ICU and 151 on ventilators.

Total Cases Change All Time

Graphic Provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health

Public health departments in the Tri-County area of Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford counties are reporting 275 new COVID-19 cases to bring the area’s total to 39,109.

No additional deaths related to the virus were announced to leave the area’s total at 602.

Peoria County is seeing the largest increase of new cases on Thursday with 165 reported, raising its total to 19,817.

Tazewell County is adding 83 cases for a total of 15,055 and Woodford County’s total increased to 4,237 with 27 new cases reported.

Of the combined 39,109 cases throughout the three counties, 93.2% are considered to be recovered, while .18% are hospitalized and 5.1% are at home in isolation.

Are hospitals are reporting 38 ICU beds and 89 non-ICU beds are currently in use by those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those under investigation of having the virus.


In McLean County, 48 additional COVID-19 cases are being reported for a total of 16,041.

The McLean County Health Department is also reporting two additional deaths related to the virus, two men, one in his 40s and another in his 60s, bringing the county’s total to 210.

As of Thursday, 43 county residents are hospitalized due to the virus, 547 individuals are at home in isolation, but 15,241 are considered recovered at this time.

The county’s rolling positivity rate is being reported at 5.2%.

Around 83,793 doses of the COVID-19 have been administered in McLean County.

Graphic Provided by the McLean County Health Department

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Drew Veskauf

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