CHICAGO — New data suggests the City of Chicago is “flattening the curve” of COVID-19, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and health officials announced Wednesday.
Just one month ago, cases in Chicago were doubling every 2-3 days; now they are doubling only every 12 days, officials said. To view the data from the city yourself, go to Chicago.gov/coronavirus. WGN has also embedded the city’s maps below:
While the numbers are encouraging, Lightfoot admitted Chicagoans “still have a long way to go.”
A steady decline in new cases still needs to occur before major social distancing interventions are no longer required, officials said.
The mayor laid out four different factors that she will consider when it comes to thinking about lifting the stay-at-home order.
She wants to see a substantial drop in new cases, higher levels of available ICU beds, an increased testing capacity and the ability to do contact tracing on new positive patients.
“These four metrics are key,” Mayor Lightfoot said. “There are other measures that will give you confidence that coming back, families and patrons will be safe for everyone.”