Information on the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 and coronavirus-related deaths is reported to the State of Illinois by testing centers, area hospitals and healthcare providers, and then released on a daily basis. Recently, the state began including demographic data about patients as well.
It should be noted that there is likely a significant number of people who have not been diagnosed with COVID-19 and recovered on their own, and as such are not reflected in the numbers.
When are we “bending the curve?”
The goal of social distancing measures is to “bend” the curve reflecting the number of new infections reported by healthcare providers and keep them from being overwhelmed by patients.
Statewide data suggests the curve is indeed flattening and perhaps even bending down in Illinois, as the statewide “positivity rate” (the percent of COVID-19 tests that came back positive over a 7-day period) continues to drop.
The State of Illinois also recently began sharing a “recovery rate” of confirmed cases, which shows that over 90% of those diagnosed with COVID-19 recover within 42 days.
Statistics from State of Illinois also reflect the spread of the virus in Chicago, with the same caveat that many people have not been tested and recovered at home. Still, a large portion of the state’s confirmed cases have been found in Chicago.
Demographic data also shows the virus’ impact on people of different ages, ethnicities and medical histories. In Chicago, African Americans have been disproportionately affected in both the number of infections and deaths.
Additionally, older individuals and people with underlying health conditions make up the majority of coronavirus-related deaths.
Data shows how Latinos in Chicago represent a disproportionate number of cases in the city, accounting for more than a third of cases even though they represent 29 percent of its population.
Additionally, African-Americans made up about 32 percent of Chicago’s population as of 2010 but over 40 percent of people who die from COVID-19 related causes in the city are black.
African Americans are not more susceptible to this virus than other groups. They are being infected at a greater rate, and due to high levels of co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension and lung disease, they are dying at a greater rate.
Data in Chicago mirrors statistics from around the world in showing that the number of cases of COVID-19 are spread relatively evenly among different age groups, but the virus is particularly deadly among older individuals.
The vast majority of those who ultimately die from COVID-19 usually have at least one underlying chronic condition, such as diabetes, hypertension, or lung disease.
Stay-at-home orders are having a devastating impact on economies across the world, and Illinois is no exception.
One of the main concerns of health officials is a spike in patients at area hospitals, especially in intensive care units, as the coronavirus spreads. This is the main reason officials are encouraging people to stay at home to “flatten the curve.”
Here is the latest data from health officials on available health resources in Illinois.