Illinois began providing COVID-19 hospitalization and resource data only on April 3, 2020, after many groups, including Wirepoints, requested the data be released. The state now provides the data daily on the IDPH website here.
The hospitalization and resource availability numbers shown below are key to knowing if the crisis is subsiding and to determining when parts of the economy can begin to reopen. Wirepoints is now compiling this data so our readers can see how the numbers are trending over time.
Importantly, there are still many key numbers we are not receiving from the state but that are necessary for properly assessing the situation. They include, but are not limited to:
- The comorbidities present in COVID-19 deaths. Today, IDPH provides a breakdown of the ages of COVID-19 deaths (see chart below), but it does not disclose how many, or what percent, of each age group had underlying causes. That’s key to understanding what demographics are most vulnerable to the disease.
- The number of daily COVID-19 ICU admissions. It’s an important data point often included in New York’s daily updates and central to understanding if the curve is flattening or not.
Given the data has only been recently released by the state, it is difficult to make any firm assessments. However, there are few key takeaways one may cautiously draw from the data, in particular since Illinois’ crisis is supposedly peaking now, or has already peaked (based on IHME projections):
- Illinois has excess resources in COVID-19 beds, ICU beds and ventilators. Of course, certain regions may be experiencing shortages.
- Hospitalizations may be flattening, but far more data is needed.
- Deaths may be peaking, but far more data is needed.