Updated Local Statistics and Information

March 25, 2020 - Tazewell County Announces First COVID-19 Confirmed Case

A resident of Tazewell County has tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The individual is a male in his 70’s.   His exposure is not related to a confirmed case or travel.  Positive test results were received Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Public health officials were notified immediately according state and local public health protocols, and the individual is currently hospitalized.

Tazewell County Health officials are working closely with Peoria and Woodford Counties, as well as Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) for investigating and notifying any individuals who may have had exposure to the individual who tested positive.

The care and safety of our residents our highest priority. All partners organizations involved remain fully prepared to respond to COVID-19 cases. Public health and hospital systems maintain highly trained infection control teams, specialized equipment and protocols consistent with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Peoria region is taking steps to increase its testing capacity and will share new information on testing as soon as it becomes available.

Read the Tazewell County Health Department’s press release about the first confirmed COVID-19 case (PDF).

March 17, 2020 - East Peoria Restaurants and Bars Allowed Partial Operations Under Updated Guidelines

To help ease the burden on the city’s restaurants and bars in the wake of closing for two weeks due to the coronavirus, the East Peoria Mayor’s Office has issued a memo to all establishments reflecting updates to the previously announced operational policies. The memo from Mayor John Kahl authorizes and encourages the restaurants and bars to prepare and serve food and sell unopened liquor, all for off-premise consumption. Patrons can enter establishments to purchase food, beverages, and unopened alcohol in original packaging for carry-out while maintaining adequate social distancing of six feet.

Read the complete memo to East Peoria restaurants and bars issued by Mayor John Kahl on March 17, 2020 (PDF)

March 15, 2020 - Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Announce New Guidelines for Mass Gatherings and Large Community Events

The CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks (from March 15), organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. Click here to view more information about these guidelines on the CDC website.

March 15, 2020 - Public Health Officials Announce 29 New Cases of Coronavirus Disease in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 29 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across Illinois.  Five additional counties are now reporting cases – Champaign, Clinton, Sangamon, Whiteside, and Winnebago counties.  Other locations with cases include Chicago and Cook, Cumberland, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, St. Clair, and Woodford counties. More information released on March 15, 2020 from the Illinois Department of Public Health can be found here.

March 15, 2020 - Gov. Pritzker Announces Bars and Restaurants Will Close to Public by End of Day Monday

As the state continues to take aggressive action to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, Governor JB Pritzker announced that all bars and restaurants in the state of Illinois will be closed to the public, beginning at close of business Monday, March 16th through Monday, March 30th. To see additional details and full news release from the Office of the Governor, click here.

March 14, 2020 - First Cases of Coronavirus Disease in Central and Southern Illinois

The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced the first cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in central and southern Illinois. A Woodford County resident in his 70s and a Cumberland County resident in his 70s both tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, two St. Clair County residents have tested positive – a woman in her 60s and a woman in her 70s. More information released on March 14, 2020 from the Illinois Department of Public Health can be found here.

Updated information on current COVID-19 cases and test results can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website.