Peoria County COVID-19 death toll tops 500 as Illinois marks 2 years since first COVID case

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Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 8:05 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - The number of people who’ve died from illnesses related to COVID-19 surpassed 500 on Monday, which marked exactly two years since the first COVID case was reported in Illinois.

The Peoria City/County Health Department said seven deaths were reported since Friday, raising the total number of deaths to 504.

Since Friday, health leaders said 1,081 confirmed new cases were reported locally, bringing the total number of cases 43,243. The local health department said Monday that 63 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19, while 1,966 people isolating at home.

Statewide, the Illinois Department of Public Health said more than 30,000 people have died from illnesses tied to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

A Chicago woman in her 60s, who had traveled to Wuhan, China, was Illinois’ first case, which was reported on January 24, 2020. It wasn’t until March 17, 2020 that the state health department announced Illinois first COVID-19 death.

“When we announced the first case of COVID-19 in Illinois, we were not imagining that two years later we would still be battling the virus with this ferocity,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike in a prepared statement.

“While we have seen the highest number of cases and hospitalizations throughout the entire pandemic this January, we are cautiously optimistic that those numbers will continue to decrease as quickly as they rose due to the Omicron variant,” Ezike also said.

“We now have safe and effective vaccines; we have oral antiviral and monoclonal antibody treatments; and we know that proper masking, testing, and isolation and quarantine can help slow the spread of the virus,” Ezike added.

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