Special Report

These Are the Counties in the Peoria, IL Metro Area With the Most COVID-19

Despite the ongoing vaccination effort, new daily cases of COVID-19 are beginning to rise once again in parts of the United States. To date, there have been 48,413,300 reported cases of the virus nationwide — and that number is growing every day.

In the Peoria metropolitan area, located in Illinois, a total of 60,130 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 16,059 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 14,798 cases per 100,000 people.

The higher than average per capita COVID-19 infection rate across Peoria is being driven by a high concentration of the virus in one area in particular.

The broader Peoria metro area comprises five counties or county equivalents, which can include independent cities — and of them, Tazewell County has the most COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 22,399 infections in Tazewell County, or 16,734 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Tazewell County have the most COVID-19 infections per capita in the Peoria area, it also has more deaths attributable to the virus per capita than the metro area as a whole. There have been a total of 264 coronavirus deaths for every 100,000 people in Tazewell County, compared to 236 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Peoria metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Dec. 3, 2021.

These are all the counties in Illinois where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank Geography COVID cases per 100,000 people Total cases Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths
1 Tazewell County, IL 16,734 22,399 264 353
2 Woodford County, IL 16,452 6,386 237 92
3 Stark County, IL 16,291 896 527 29
4 Peoria County, IL 15,668 28,901 209 386
5 Marshall County, IL 13,125 1,548 195 23