Coronavirus in Illinois: How many deaths, cases and tests


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Published: May 7, 2020 UPDATED:
By Andy Boyle and Caroline Hurley, Chicago Sun-Times

The Chicago Sun-Times uses data from the Illinois Department of Public Health to track the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in Illinois. Some graphics on this page were created by David Eads of The Chicago Reporter, and Will English IV. The data represented here only includes confirmed cases, deaths and tests reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Due to reporting discrepancies and lack of testing, actual numbers may be higher.

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Where are the cases?


The first case of the novel coronavirus in Illinois was reported on January 24. The first death, a 61-year-old woman in Chicago, was on March 16. As of , there are cases in of Illinois’s 102 counties.


How many are hospitalized?

As of , ICU beds statewide are available out of total. Of ICU beds currently occupied, are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

Statewide, ventilators are available out of total. Of ventilators currently in use, are being used by COVID-19 patients.

Statewide, hospital beds are available out of total. Of hospital beds currently occupied, are occupied by COVID-19 patients.

Within the city of Chicago, ICU beds are available out of total. ventilators are available in Chicago out of total.

How have the cases and deaths increased each day?

How many tests have been administered?


As of , tests for the coronavirus have been conducted in Illinois. people were tested yesterday. Governor Pritzker has set a goal of testing 10,000 people per day, which the state has been able to meet since April 24. The actual number of tests needed before the state can reopen may be higher than 10,000 per day.

The actual number of residents tested may deviate from these numbers, and these numbers only include tests reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

How is this impacting communities of color?

The novel coronavirus has taken a disproportionate toll on Chicago’s minority communities, particularly in black and Latino neighborhoods. WBEZ Chicago first reported on April 5 that black residents made up 70% of coronavirus deaths in Chicago, despite only accounting for 29% of the city’s population. After this reporting, the Illinois Department of Public Health began disclosing coronavirus statistics based on race and zip code.

According to data released by the Illinois Department of Public Health, some of the hardest hit zip codes in Chicago during the month of April are on the city’s south side, in the Auburn Gresham and Chatham neighborhoods, and on the west side in the Austin neighborhood.

In early May, though, another minority group — Latinos — surpassed black Chicagoans for the most coronavirus cases among any racial group in the state. Despite only making up less than a fifth of Illinois’ population, Latinos accounted for close to 25% of all cases in the state as of May 6.

Both Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot have addressed the racial disparity in coronavirus cases and deaths, with both the state and city government announcing plans to provide additional help to communities most affected by the virus.

As of May 6, over a quarter of cases reported to the state still do not include demographic data such as race — a fact that has frustrated both Mayor Lightfoot and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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How is this impacting people of different ages?

Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, data out of China and Italy suggested that the virus was affecting older individuals more severely. In Illinois as of May 6, just over half of the confirmed coronavirus cases in the state are people over the age of 50, but 86% of deaths in Illinois are people ages 50 and over. Only 14% of deaths in Illinois have occurred in people below the age of 50.

Many coronavirus deaths of older Illinois residents have occurred in the state’s long-term care facilities. One of the earliest outbreaks in Illinois occurred in mid-March at a nursing home in Willowbrook in Dupage County. Since then, almost half of all deaths in Illinois have been at long-term care facilities, according to data released weekly by the state.

Some of the hardest hit nursing homes in Illinois are ones that performed the worst on inspections by the state. One such facility, in Cicero, is the subject of a lawsuit as a result of the coronavirus deaths there.

Read more about coronavirus and age:

Coronavirus deaths double in one week at Illinois nursing homes; have surged past 1,000, data show

Coronavirus deaths more than double at Illinois nursing homes, data shows

Nearly one-fourth of state’s COVID-19 deaths tied to nursing homes

150 cases of coronavirus found in 20 Lake County nursing homes


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