OutbreakCoronavirus, COVID-19 and Chicago

June Update: Coronavirus in Chicago

By Kyla Beasley |  @RedLineProject | Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has become a rapidly spreading global health crisis that has affected many individuals, and Chicago is no exception.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Chicago had 48,725 cases from March to June 10. Data shows about 21% of Chicagoans that were tested for the virus have tested positive.

Age, medical history, race and ethnicity all play a factor in an individual’s connection with coronavirus, studies show. Some demographics have less of a disparity than others, for example the number of cases or deaths based on gender do not show a large contrast.

When looking at an individual’s age, there is a difference in the number of coronavirus cases versus deaths amongst the various age ranges. The majority of coronavirus cases in Chicago are people between the ages of 18 and 49. The majority of coronavirus deaths, on the other hand, are 60 years and above.

Focusing on community neighborhoods, there are certain neighborhoods with more coronavirus testing sites than others illustrated by a map. West Town, South Lawndale, and Near West Side have the highest number of testing sites. There are many neighborhoods with no testing sites at all in the area or in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Paying attention to race/ethnicity, the black and Latinx populations have been most affected by coronavirus in both the number of cases and deaths than any other race/ethnicity demographic. An alarming 74.7% of coronavirus deaths are from the black and brown populations. Nearly a quarter of cases do not list the race of the individual.

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