PEORIA, Ailing. (WMBD) — Peoria County well being officers are reporting optimistic information relating to the realm’s COVID-19 street to restoration.
Throughout Thursday’s, now bi-weekly, COVID-19 well being press convention, well being leaders mentioned the realm is seeing a steady pattern of declining COVID-19 instances and hospitalizations from the virus.
Monica Hendrickson, Public Well being Administrator for the Peoria/Metropolis-County Well being Division, mentioned the realm’s weekly COVID instances have dropped to ranges that haven’t been seen since final 12 months. She mentioned there’s solely been a rise of 86 instances previously week.
“The final time we noticed lower than 100 new instances in just a few was July 2 of 2020,” Hendrickson mentioned.
As Illinois prepares to maneuver into part 5 of Governor J.B. Pritzker’s restore Illinois plan Friday, June 11, Hendrickson mentioned the tri-county space is in place to observe go well with.
“Yesterday, the governor spoke about relating to our transfer to Section 5 subsequent week, and primarily based on our case counts in addition to our vaccination charges and our hospitalizations, we contemplate this very a lot possible for our group as nicely,” Hendrickson mentioned.
Hendrickson additionally mentioned vaccination charges are rising among the many youthful inhabitants, particularly citing these 12-19. however mentioned there’s nonetheless a necessity for continued vaccinations inside Peoria County.
She mentioned roughly 40% of Peoria County residents are absolutely vaccinated, saying there’s quite a lot of explanation why that quantity isn’t increased at this level.
“I don’t assume we have now a variety of simply nos on the market,” Hendrickson mentioned. “I believe there’s a proportion of the inhabitants that’s simply ‘I don’t need to get a vaccine in any respect’ however the majority of the people are hesitant and sadly some persons are identical to ‘Oh, I forgot.”
Chris Setti, CEO of the Larger Peoria Financial Improvement Council, spoke about each the need of vaccinations and the way the general public ought to concentrate on how their actions can influence the enterprise group going ahead.
“It’s actually vital that individuals proceed to hunt out these vaccinations and proceed to make good decisions with regards to being in giant crowds,” Setti mentioned. “What we might need to clearly occur is for an additional surge to occur.”
He mentioned coming into Section 5 removes restrictions for some companies however mentioned many are nonetheless dealing with staffing shortages and the general public ought to provide grace and endurance throughout this time.
“Perceive that everyone’s getting again into the swing of issues on the identical time,” Setti mentioned.
He mentioned because the tri-county space tries to return to a way of normalcy, everybody must make selection on how they proceed based on their very own consolation stage. He mentioned these decisions must be revered.
“Some companies are nonetheless going to require masks, don’t be mad about that,” Setti mentioned. “You don’t have to say your individuality. The enterprise has the suitable to demand that you just put on a masks if that’s what makes them snug.”
“When you’re going right into a enterprise that isn’t requiring masks however you are feeling you need to put on a masks, both put on a masks or stroll away,” Setti mentioned.
Hendrickson talked about the Well being division does provide walk-ins for vaccinations Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. She’s encouraging those that haven’t gotten the vaccine to benefit from the alternatives to take action.