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. The data missing includes:

  • The number of daily COVID-19 hospital admissions and discharges. That’s important data central to understanding how the spread of the coronavirus is progressing.
  • The comorbidities present in COVID-19 deaths. IDPH does not disclose what percentage of victims had underlying causes. That’s key to understanding what demographics are most vulnerable to the disease. Wirepoints did, however, access the Cook County Medical Examiner’s database to calculate comorbidities for deaths in that county. The results are included below.
  • The results of antibody testing performed in Illinois. Antibody tests are important because they indicate how much of the population had the coronavirus, with or without symptoms, and are therefore likely to be immune for some period of time. A large prevalence of antibodies in the population would indicate that the effective fatality rate is smaller than first thought.

Click here to visit Wirepoints’ COVID-19 page and learn more about the impact the virus is having on Illinois.

*For optimal data viewing, please ensure your web browser is updated to its most recent release*

IDPH data published as of: Deaths and cases 12/1, hospitalizations and resources 11/30

Be aware that the Case Fatality Rate, or CFR, shown in the following two charts is not a true measure of the risk of dying. Instead, it is a measure of the number of deaths compared to the number of confirmed cases. The true risk of dying is the Infection Mortality Rate, or IFR, which compares the number of deaths to the total number of people who became infected, which is higher than the number of confirmed cases since many infections go unreported. The IFR is therefore lower than the CFR. The IFR, however, is not estimated or reported by the state. Expert estimates vary substantially, primarily because of uncertainty about how many infections are going unreported. A discussion of the difference between CFR and IFR is linked here. Wirepoints’ piece on the topic is linked here.


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Fur
1 day ago
Last edited 1 day ago by Fur
Foreign observer
1 day ago
Reply to  Fur

The person’s take on various topics is interesting but his analysis tends to be biased in a typical pattern, he does not use a balanced approach to numbers and he’s made some conclusions which turned out to be very wrong. -On the PCR test, he uses inputs that tend to inflate false positives. A balanced review shows that false positives are much lower, especially when prevalence is high as confirmed by rising cases and matching hospitalizations and deaths. -On the Sweden approach, 1 month ago, he concluded that rise in hospitalization would be less impressive than in the spring. Since… Read more »

Freddy
1 day ago

Here’s something that crossed my mind to look into. In Japan there have only been 2,119 deaths from Covid according to Worldometer Population of Japan is 126M with 148K Covid cases. That would be approx 5,500 deaths in US population adjusted. So I looked into their diet. They eat foods like seaweed which is high in iodine and diet rich in seafood which is high in Omega 3’s. So higher intake of iodine may be a deterrent to Covid. Japan’s iodine intake is up to 10 times ours. At http://www.pubmed.gov there is an article “Iodine a Preventative and Curative Agent… Read more »

Indrenb
3 hours ago
Reply to  Freddy

Supposedly it is more about the Vitamin K found in foods like natto.

Freddy
2 hours ago
Reply to  Indrenb

Very possible. What seems to protect them is something they eat on a regular basis. Natto is a very potent blood clot dissolving protein and Omega 3’s helps with both the innate and adaptive immune system plus helps regulate cytokine reactions as does Vitamin D. Whatever it may be it is simple but according to our government only a vaccine will help never any talk about nutrition. At http://www.mercola.com they speak about this daily.

kicnbac
6 days ago

Sick of this fake news. What happen to the flu. Did COVID cure it?

Foreign observer
6 days ago
Reply to  kicnbac

Flu numbers appear to be down across the board. Can you guess why?
Respiratory viruses can sometimes compete each other, ie as an individual can benefit from being sick from one virus at the expense of another but data shows that Covid and the flu don’t compete very well and co-infections having been reported with more than additive health impacts.
How do you heal from fake news? Hint: second-level thinking required.

Freddy
3 days ago

According to reports from CIDRAP (Centers for infectious disease research and policy) flu cases in Australia are down approx 99% due to social distancing/hand washing/face coverings/restricted travel/etc. It should be a somewhat mild flu season this year.

Hank Scorpio
8 days ago
foneguy2
8 days ago

This is for speculation – longshot but is it possible ?

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Admin
8 days ago
Reply to  foneguy2

Absolutely! That’s not speculation but is the direct implication of official numbers. In fact, it would be sooner than that. CDC says the ratio of actual cases to reported cases is 11, not 10. And many think herd immunity takes less than 70%. We wrote about this here a couple weeks ago: https://wirepoints.org/give-us-better-data-and-projections-with-covid-19-cases-soaring-officially-reported-information-is-increasingly-useless-wirepoints/

Keep in mind that’s not like some magic date. As you approach that date, new infections gradually drop off so it’s a curve. In fact, that should already be kicking in, and perhaps it is.

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Foreign observer
8 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

That is interesting. The ratio is still subject to a fair level of uncertainty and it is reasonable to use the working hypothesis that herd immunity is a dynamic and functional concept which depends on behaviors (spontaneous by individuals and mandated collectively) so that herd immunity for a given population which has no restrictions is different (need higher levels of immunity then) versus a population which is associated with restrictions in social mobility, contacts etc. Still, under present conditions, it is likely that places like Illinois have started to reach herd immunity and will reach materially higher levels in the… Read more »

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Admin
8 days ago

Yes. Be aware that if herd immunity is already kicking in as those numbers say it should be, then that 11:1 ratio should be dropping, which is why the whole thing is a gradual curve.

Randy Wilmette
7 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Are you saying 6.6m people in Illinois have already had covid? More than half the population?

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Admin
6 days ago
Reply to  Randy Wilmette

I am saying that is what the official numbers imply. (IL number of cases X CDC’s multiplier of 11 to get to actual total unreported). Maybe their numbers are wrong, but those are their numbers.

Foreign observer
6 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

The numbers are educated guests at best. It’s a real possibility that the multiplier at large will end up much lower (lower end of the range) because the virus spread caused an unusual focus and a lot more testing as the sought after low percent positive rate has never been really in sight. A very strong aspect supporting that view is that antibody levels at the population levels has never reached close to 70%, even in hard-hit areas. Sweden, which, on a spectrum, has had slightly less restrictions on individual activity (accepting more spread by intent) just released antibody studies… Read more »

RandyWilmette
6 days ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

You guys love data, just like I do; but sometimes you need a gut check on your numbers. There is no way >50% of the population has been infected. No serious professional has said anything close to that. I had a nice chat with Ted yesterday on the phone. My critique of you guys is that you keep moving the goal posts without acknowledging: 1) you moved the goalpost 2) you were wrong in you last assessment. Ted rightly posted that the only 2 data points that matter are hospitalizations and deaths, and when he posted they were low. He… Read more »

MB
3 days ago
Reply to  RandyWilmette

He’s not wrong. The antibody data, such as it is, seems to rule out anything like 10x undercounting. That ration might have been true back in April when we werent testing very much, but not now.

Admin
3 days ago
Reply to  RandyWilmette

Randy, you are dead wrong. Read what we have said. We said the official numbers imply that well over half of the state would be immune, and that is unquestionably correct, just a matter of multiplying two numbers — the total number of officially reported cases times 11 (which is the CDC’s own number for the ratio of actual cases to reported ones}. HOWEVER, my earlier article on that went to lengths explaining why that number is surely wrong. The point, however, is that herd immunity should be kicking in to some degree, but nobody gives us the number of… Read more »

The Truth Hurts
3 days ago
Reply to  RandyWilmette

There is no way >50% of the population has been infected. No serious professional has said anything close to that.”

Interesting statement considering back in early October a Northwestern study estimated about 20% of Chicago had antibodies. Considering that almost 60% of our total covid cases have occurred after the study I’m not sure that a 50% estimate warrants a “no way”. If anything 50% seems to be a pretty decent betting line.

Foreign observer
2 days ago

The ratio of ‘true’ number of cases over number of positive test cases is still subject to considerable uncertainty (ratio 3 to 25). The Northwestern study mentioned has limitations and in no way provides a definite answer; they suggest a 16x ratio. There’s another recently published study which also has limitations but suggests a ratio of 4 to 6, with antibody prevalence around 5 to 6% in Illinois by the end of the summer. Estimated SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence in the US as of September 2020 | Infectious Diseases | JAMA Internal Medicine | JAMA Network Your state, like many other areas… Read more »

Admin
2 days ago

Yes, my take on it is same as yours.

BLS
47 minutes ago
Reply to  RandyWilmette

Wirepoints seeks the truth by cutting through the BS and providing context to data/statistics (which are otherwise worthless). They understand that lockdown measures and pandemic hysteria do more harm than good (finance/econ backgrounds help here significantly – something that epidemiologists and doctors generally lack). Wirepoints has been consistent while MSM obscures the truth and pushes an agenda. I hope and pray that more and more people wake up out there and think for themselves and not let the controlled MSM outlets influence their decisions and behavior. The burden of proof is on everyone pushing lockdown — every rock I’ve uncovered… Read more »

The Truth Hurts
8 days ago
Reply to  foneguy2

I have been telling friends this since we broke 10k cases per day. At 13k average per day over 14 days and an actual infection rate 11 times higher we are talking about 2 million active cases (1 in 6) right now in the state of Illinois. Add in prior infections with immunity and we should see a major decline in cases. Of course all of this assumes the data we are being provided is accurate. Since it’s speculated that false positives could be around 40% I would expect positive cases to continue for 4-6 weeks after people are truly… Read more »

Foreign observer
8 days ago

If you are working with the hypothesis that disease prevalence is high (ie reaching herd immunity), as exemplified by areas which are showing decline of cases after one or two surges and as supported by high percent positive rates, then the rate of false positives is likely very low. The rate of false positives is high if one uses higher Ct-cycle values for threshold when disease prevalence is low, especially below 1 to 2%. You can’t have it both ways saying that the virus does not exist and is everywhere at the same time, depending on what you are aiming… Read more »

The Truth Hurts
8 days ago

“You can’t have it both ways saying that the virus does not exist and is everywhere at the same time, depending on what you are aiming to ‘prove’.” Where did I say the virus doesn’t exists? I know people that are in the hospital fighting this disease. You can also have false positives when someone is infected and then test positive six weeks later. Prevalence would show as high because people continue to test positive well after the virus is gone. Maybe you don’t consider these false positives but for policy making purposes it does count. My point is that… Read more »

Foreign observer
8 days ago

Sounds reasonable. Consideration should be given for gradual adjustments, perhaps over a few weeks because of the embedded uncertainty of positive test numbers and because of the dynamic nature of herd immunity.
There is some sense in the argument that restrictions (individual and otherwise) should be directionally down once the positive test rates get below 5%, especially for the low risk groups.
It looks like we’ll find out soon.
In my area, compromises are being reached for the end of the year, subject to adjustments if trends change (they have before).

RandyWilmette
15 hours ago

1) What metric will you use to know if you are right about herd immunity?

2) Did you ever run a model using your 10x assumption to project hospitalization?

Jj
9 days ago

Look up Egypt’s standard of care.. azithro zinc vit c lactoferin NAC…. but the kicker is they have been using Invermectin and have seen mortality rates drop to essentially zero. If given to the gravely ill the mortality rate still is around 2 percent. If you own a dog, it’s more than likely you have Invermectin in your house(Heartguard). It’s helps prevent them getting heart worm(parasite)which is contracted by the bite of an infected mosquito. egypts mortality rate is about 1/10 of ours. And that was before the introduction of invermectin. Study isn’t peer reviewed yet, but it sure is… Read more »

Jj
9 days ago
Reply to  Jj

Typo…Ivermectin, not Invermectin. Japan uses it as well, and Australia is running trials on health care workers ….not a peep about it in this country. It looks like one dose is all that is needed, but that’s still up for review.
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Foreign observer
9 days ago
Reply to  Jj

That’s interesting and certainly worth studying according to well established criteria in order to better define effectiveness and safety profile.
This drug is a topic i’ve discussed with many people from many parts of the world.
An interesting aspect is that the large majority of people i’ve spoken to about this medication firmly believe that non-pharma prevention methods are useless and that public health bodies intentionally prevent great and simple cures to access markets in order to better control society?
Is that your opinion also?

Freddy
9 days ago
Reply to  Jj

Agreed. Alternative measures to treat underlying conditions for disease are rarely addressed by main street media only drugs that treat the symptoms only but rarely if ever can cure anything. Example-With all the blood pressure medicines on the market does any of them “cure” high BP? None that I’m aware of. Of course diet and exercise are the best remedies. Are you aware of the benefits of Oil of Oregano? It is considered antibacterial-antivirul-anti parasitic used for a variety of conditions including MRSA-Candida-Oral Thrush/respiratory symptoms. Only a few drops in a little water. (not the entire bottle) Keep out of… Read more »

leaving town
9 days ago
Reply to  Jj

Market-Ticker has the study linked at his sight.

Fed up
10 days ago

See how they fudge the numbers to justify their communist decrees. Look at the icu bed use, the open hospital beds, open icu beds, etc. pull the number of beds in icu and overall in general that are available and you get a chart that is manipulated Look at the difference from nov 18 to the 19th.

Foreign observer
10 days ago
Reply to  Fed up

This comment is misinformation and reflects poor understanding about how things work on the ground. Potential bed capacity does not reflect the reality if you don’t take into consideration if the hospital beds are truly available on short notice and if the beds and equipment could be made functional with adequate staff. i don’t have feet on the ground in Chicago hospitals and bureaucracy can be a huge problem but these adjustments have to be made when preparing contingency plans. The adjustments that they made make perfect sense if you look at the numbers and analyze their process. One thing… Read more »

Fed up
10 days ago

You work for pritzker? Or are you part of the corrupt health care administrative boondoggle. Do you know how to critically analyze data? If you did, you’d pick up the manipulation and fraud in the coding, testing, capacity, etc etc. pipe down and go find a high school math student to help you with the data..rampant fraud, particularly in the testing and coding in the hospitals.

Heywood Jeblomi
10 days ago

He’s not arguing that. What he is arguing is that the ICU bed Capacity just mysteriously dropped 400 overnight and the overall hospital bed capacity dropped by 2000. Did dozens of hospitals close yesterday? Sure helps the narrative that we are running out of space quickly.

Foreign observer
10 days ago

This applies to Fed up also. Listen, i’m only trying to help and have practical experience (on the ground) and have had to collaborate (this could mean to kind of resist or fight with decision makers) with hospital managers and public policy leaders. In theory, there is a margin of excess capacity but, in practice and for a variety of reasons including limited qualified personnel issues, the practical excess capacity is often less than in theory and if, you are in charge, you have to think about that. Think like a CEO for the thought process without being blinded by… Read more »

Heywood Jeblomi
10 days ago

Just wondering how the bed capacity decreased drastically overnight. Nothing more, nothing less. Its been pretty consistent for the whole pandemic. In general if we are making adjustments (canceling elective surgeries, etc.) We should have more beds avaliable, not less.

Foreign observer
10 days ago

Again, all i’m saying is that it makes sense if you have on-the-ground experience but you are allowed a different opinion. You may want to think of it the same way in relation to borrowing capacity with your banker. You may start with a theoretical capacity but, when you meet the banker in person for a specific need, the banker will be influenced by very concrete and practical aspects of of credit analysis (collateral, covenant, capacity and character etc) and your true available borrowing capacity may end up lower than thought before there was a need. What is clear from… Read more »

Heywood Jeblomi
10 days ago

The question still stands. I’m not talking about bankers. I’m talking about hospital beds. If someone can give me an actual explanation, I’ll be fine with it.

Foreign observer
10 days ago

OK. My regional hospital has, as of now, 432 as official capacity listed in official government documents. The number of hospitalized patients is typically less than that. If you had specifically asked them (managers) a year ago to supply a number of beds ready for immediate use, the number would have been lower than 432, perhaps around 400 because a functioning hospital bed needs a complement of equipment and personnel that varies according to need. If the ward that is available has been used for geriatric care in the past, the ward could not be automatically be opened and functional… Read more »

Heywood Jeblomi
10 days ago

Its doesn’t help at all. We are not talking about your hospital. We are talking about the state of Illinois and this data covers all of them. The narrative about one specific hospital doesn’t explain why 400 ICU beds and 2000 hospital beds disappeared overnight across the state. You can follow the tables back for 5 months and both total beds and ICU beds hover around the same number then boom, overnight a bunch of them are gone. Can someone else please help? Based on this information, decisions are made about opening and closing peoples businesses, whether or not to… Read more »

Foreign observer
10 days ago

i just spent 3 minutes looking for relevant info coming from Illinois, including from hospitals (i could even phone key people on the ground but it’s not even necessary) and the shared info about my area applies to your area as well.
i found this also:
https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/extra/news/illinois-hospital-capacity-metrics-change/video_3404c3f7-185b-5d6b-915f-0e47e343fc35.html
First impression: your Governor sounds like a clown but the MD appears caring and competent. If you can’t stand the ‘narrative’ think like a competent CEO who has to keep on making decisions (sometimes wrong) based on incomplete and dynamic sets of data.

Bill
10 days ago

Our Gov is a clown, he is one of the worst leaders I have ever seen

Fed up neighbor
10 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Leader is stretching it

Captain Clarence Oveur
10 days ago

Dude has never stretched a day in his life.

Bill
10 days ago

You are right, I had a tough time writing that word for him

anonymous
10 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Leader? I guess I am supposed to laugh right now.

Heywood Jeblomi
10 days ago

Thank you. That article is something that truly provides insight as to what is going on. It unfortunately does not inspire any confidence in the state’s thought process around handing what is going on. The governor basically called the data “subjctive” which is again a serious problem when he is making decisions that will effect millions of lives. The mean reason for me even posting is that politicians across the country need to do a better job of focusing on preventing the greatest number of deaths whether from Covid or not and whether in the near term or far term.… Read more »

Foreign observer
10 days ago

We do live in a world with limited resources and while the pie has had a tendency to keep growing, this is about compromises and trade-offs. For Covid, evidence is shaping up to show that 50 to 55% of deaths will have occurred in people 79 and younger. For the typical person reaching 80, the residual life expectancy is about 10 years. While the 80+ dying from Covid likely have, on average, about half of that residual life expectancy, your society (like mine) have made a collective bargain to channel most healthcare dollars into the last years of life and… Read more »

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Ken
12 days ago

How many of you have had Covid?

I had it.

It’s not fun but isn’t the killer that they said it would be.

Get over it.

Herd Immunity that’s what will save you.

Don’t believe the Urban Legends.

This virus will turn out to be a bad flu year.

Last edited 12 days ago by Ken
Bill
12 days ago
Reply to  Ken

Exactly Ken, thanks for chiming in

Bill
12 days ago

CDC just came out and said don’t travel during Thanksgiving. Can the CDC and all these politicians please stop telling us what we can’t do. I am so tired of hearing this come out of their mouths. No positive comments for the last 9 months. Last time I checked we are Americans and we are free, at least I think we are. Everything in life is a choice and the reason we live here is because we have that choice, so let us choose. We all need to rise up as a people against anymore restrictions, they don’t work and… Read more »

Foreign observer
12 days ago
Reply to  Bill

While ‘costs’ have to be considered as well, ‘measures’ (from individual to together-type) have clearly been shown to work when applied in a timely and competent fashion. Look at the ‘performance’ between regions, states and countries etc If ideologically sensitive, you may want to consider this as a CEO overseeing a few hundred employees. You want to introduce ‘measures’ and encourage behaviors that will minimize costs and maximize benefits. For the good of the business, you may even need to close that business for a while, especially if you mismanaged early on. It’s unfortunate that by the time vaccines get… Read more »

Bill
12 days ago

Bro, you are replying to everyone’s post, you aren’t even addressing the comment. Look, common sense has to take over. We shut down for nearly 2 months, numbers went down then they didn’t start going up until Oct-Nov timeframe, we can keep doing this for years but the virus will not disappear, we will have peaks and valleys, that is how viruses work, the flu, colds, etc…. We don’t shut down the country for the flu, obesity, heart attacks, car accidents that kill thousands each year, come on man. I know this stuff is not contagious but come on man,… Read more »

Foreign observer
12 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Common sense says that Illinois has excess mortality tied to Covid which is staggering. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm See Illinois This is not the flu. This is a new virus for which there was no significant natural immunity to start with and for which treatments work only partially (that’s why the hospitals tend to get overwhelmed). That’s also why the US will end up with about 6 to 8x the usual yearly flu death toll. ‘Your’ healthcare is close to being 50% government subsidized and please send your memo to hospital administrators who typically spend the healthcare dollars on older people who have… Read more »

Bill
12 days ago

You want to be locked down go for it, never even addressed my facts about the Villages. You say life in Chicago would pretty much be back to normal if we did the right thing, you don’t know that, just like all these estimates these models did, they were all wrong and continue to be, I am dealing in facts, you are dealing in what ifs again. You sound like you are against the free market. The government was never intended to control our lives, if you don’t like the Capitalist society then move my man, go to another country… Read more »

Foreign observer
12 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Listen, i’m only trying to help. You don’t have to make an effort.
Do you realize that, in the US, today, 1971 deaths were reported? The average years of life lost is likely close to 10 years per individual and there are 80,698 who are currently hospitalized including 6,037 in Illinois and including 587 in Illinois with a tube down their throat.
This is not a freedom or control question, it’s based on what a civilized society should do when faced with a new threat.

Bill
12 days ago

I understand all that but this is a virus, it is not going away, it isn’t going to disappear if we lock down for ???, pick a number. That is the common sense part. This is here to stay. The IDPH doctor said yesterday the most infected group are 20-29 year olds but the people dying are 70 and above. So what does that tell me? Protect those people, focus on them not on shutting everyone down. I know the facts but you don’t address anything I said, when you brought up the free market I see who you are,… Read more »

Foreign observer
12 days ago
Reply to  Bill

i’m not in the US and i look up to your country, in general. My area has not done well, especially in the early phase (high health impact and high economic cost) and what i feel is shame. To compensate, i’m directly involved in on-the-ground mitigation efforts, support sensible government actions, push for private solutions and am involved in my community. Your area is on its way to herd immunity (a few months away) and you will report one of the highest costs (lives, disease and economic costs) compared to many comparable areas in the world. The more one waits… Read more »

President-Elect George P. Burdell
12 days ago

I’ll give you credit where credit is due. This is not the flu. We have eradicated the flu, don’t you know that? No one gets the flu anymore.

Foreign observer
12 days ago

Is this serious? Do you think that temporary refrigerated morgues used in many places is fake news?

President-Elect George P. Burdell
12 days ago

I am serious. Where are these refrigerated morgues? Who occupied them? What was their cause of death? Why isn’t the media ON SITE reporting this dire situation?

Were you this concerned in 2008? https://time.com/5107984/hospitals-handling-burden-flu-patients/

Are you at all concerned with the fact that more people will die due to the lockdowns than any Coronavirus this year?

President-Elect George P. Burdell
12 days ago

*2018*

Foreign observer
12 days ago

The use of refrigerated morgues has been a recurrent theme with the El Paso TX area as the last example. Flu episodes vary every year (even if the long term trend is down overall) and during the year mentioned it was slightly more than usual but it was a fraction of excess mortality reported this year due to COVID. See the CDC excess mortality data. It’s for real. From all credible sources, most of the excess mortality to a very significant degree happened due to Covid. The spontaneous restrictions (from individuals) to the virus and the various government actions are… Read more »

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carol jones
11 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Dont be a baby and dont be selfish. Its not always all about you.

Bill
11 days ago
Reply to  carol jones

What are you even talking about, how about some context

NoHope4Illinois
10 days ago
Reply to  Bill

It’s nearly all Democrats to – It’s their narrative to continue to exert the unwarranted and illegal use of emergency powers.

Bill
10 days ago

There is no doubt about that, the bottom line is this, we should always have the choice. I have no problem the people that want to lock themselves down, but don’t put that on the people that don’t want to be locked down. One more thing, if you are for lockdowns and/or locking yourself down then you better not be shopping at Walmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, any grocery store, Home Goods, TJ Max, etc….you can get everything delivered. You can’t have it both ways, being locked down but I think I will go shopping today, you know these people… Read more »

Foreign observer
10 days ago
Reply to  Bill

From an outsider perspective, there appear to be two crowds. One crowd who think they suffer because the other half is killing the economy and the other half who think they suffer because the other one is killing people. Your country has faced similar (and much bigger) challenges before but what is humbling (IMO) is the polarization and failure to reach reasonable compromises for the way forward. Why is that? Again, it may help to focus on data and rational analysis and avoid tribal thinking. An amazing aspect is that the ‘left-liberal’ crowd depends heavily on the animal spirits of… Read more »

Bill
10 days ago

Bro, you aren’t even in this country, Americans don’t think like you, that is the difference. As a matter of fact, I have been all over the world and Americans think differently, period. We believe in freedom, free choice and the government stays out of our business. It is sad how polarized we are, on both sides. This is a direct result of taking God out of all conversations. This country was founded on Christian principles, if we followed Jesus example we would be more tolerant of people and at least listen to all sides, but the left has gotten… Read more »

Foreign observer
10 days ago
Reply to  Bill

Thank you. Your reply helps me to understand the situation you’re in. BTW, i live about an hour from the US border.

Bill
10 days ago

You are welcome, thanks for clarifying where you are at. Hopefully we can look back on this time and learn from it, that is what I am hoping and praying for

Freddy
12 days ago

Interesting articles today at http://www.Mercola.com and http://www.naturalnews.com about PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests. If the PCR test threshold of 35 cycles or higher the probability that said person is infected is 3% or 97% chance the result is a False positive. At Mercola they have an older interview with Dr. Fauci from This week in Virology 641 July 16,2020 and he states “If you get a cycle threshold of 35 or more the chances of it being replication confident are minuscule. You almost never can culture a virus from a 37 threshold cycle or even 36” Dr Fauci So it… Read more »

Foreign observer
12 days ago
Reply to  Freddy

When determining a CT-cycle threshold, it’s a balancing act between not missing a case and a false positive and the implications are different for the individual and for the population as a group. As an individual you hope that your disease is not missed. For the population level, there is an aspect related to efficiency. Overall, the PCR threshold deals well with these potentially conflicting objectives. Most of the positive cases pass the threshold much lower than the indeterminate zone referred to. Also, the higher false positive rates in the indeterminate zone is really a problem in areas where the… Read more »

Chris
13 days ago

So Hospitalizations are WAY up, now exceeding the early peak in the spring, but hospital bed capacity, ICU, and ventilator availability is steady…hmmmm…does this mean people receive a positive test, feel symptoms, and go to the hospital and get discharged???…does “Hospitalizations” mean “checked-in only”, or do you have to be in a bed, because this doesn’t seem to make sense. Can someone explain?

Foreign observer
13 days ago
Reply to  Chris

2 things 1-Capacity is a dynamic concept on an absolute level. Capacity can be increased (open a previously closed ward, transform a unit into an ICU care area, buy equipment etc). Illinois, like many other places, have increased capacity that way. 2-Capacity is a dynamic concept on a relative level. Capacity for Covid cases can increase at the expense of other non-Covid cases. This can clearly happen for elective procedures but can also involve other semi-urgent cases. In my area at some point, there was a building threat for ICU capacity and canceling or post-posting open heart procedures helped to… Read more »

Chris
12 days ago

Thanks, but I don’t think this answers my question: Hospital Bed, ICU, and Ventilator QUANTITIES (not a percentage or relative) have been flat since they were ramped up in June. Right now, for the past few weeks, “Hospitalizations” Quantity (not percentage) is WAAAY up to approx 12,000 Yet the Covid use of Hospital Beds, ICU, and Ventilators have upticked only slightly, and mostly eaten into the total use of Hospital Beds, ICU, and Ventilators, while they total capacity of each has remained mostly flat QUANTITIES (no account for “opening wards, increasing capacity”) Of the 12,000 Hospitalizations, there are use of… Read more »

Foreign observer
12 days ago
Reply to  Chris

Your reading of the numbers is confusing.
Where do you get 12,000 hospitalizations?
Total COVID patients currently hospitalized=5953 as of Nov 17th.
Total hospital beds include ICU beds in the data presented.

RN, MSN
11 days ago
Reply to  Chris

Yes, some patients are indeed cycling through the hospital. Staying one, two to three days and discharged to home. There are some who do need the ICU because of severe conditions. Most are elderly or have a chronic condition that makes them vulnerable to infections. I know this from experience.

Freddy
13 days ago

Just checked the http://www.wifr.com website here in Rockford. The 97 deaths reported thru out the state recently 60 of the fatalities were age 80’s to 90’s including 2 at listed at 100+. The rest scattered from 30’s to 70’s. I still ask what is the common link besides old age? Medication side effects/severe nutrient depletion like Vit D-zinc/B vitamins/magnesium/smokers or vaping? Were they on statins/PPI’s/BP and diabetic meds which depleted over time their essential nutrients. Just repleting nutrients to optimum levels if on these meds may be the difference between mild and severe cases. Ask yourself when was the last… Read more »

Taxpaying Cititzen
14 days ago

The IDPH hospitalization/utilization footnotes for COVID-19 is informative (click statewide hospital statistics1). CV19 hospitalizations and ICU counts are categorized with PUI’s (persons under investigation). The site only provides CV19 + PUI patients. The data does not breakdown patients into categories of CV19, PUI, and comorbidities with CV19.

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Susan
14 days ago

Covid was planned by the Rockefeller and Bill Gates. They are trying to reset the economy with digital money. They are trying to make everyone get vaccinated. It is a total scam. Find the book on Amazon called Controlled Demolition Of The American Empire and grab an extra copy for a lawyer to see. Don’t fall for this hoax to enslave humanity.

Fed up neighbor
14 days ago
Reply to  Susan

Went on renegade inc, read a brief short by Charlie Robinson about the book. All I can say by not reading the full book, WE ARE ALL SCREWED.

The Truth Hurts
14 days ago
Reply to  Susan

“Covid was planned by the Rockefeller and Bill Gates”

This site does a great job providing important information about financial topics democrats don’t want to discuss but it sure does bring out the tin foil hat crowd. Be careful Susan, black helicopters are hovering over your house.

Thee Jabroni
16 days ago

Lies ,exagerated stats and propaganda,im a scary bitch and im gonna wear my mask in my car while driving by myself,what a bunch of clueless,weak sheep in this state!-yes mr pritzker,even though we have all been wearing masks you can lock down the state and close my business!-i ll do whatever you say mr pritzker,even though no state or chicago employees have felt the pinch,-freakin weak cowards in chicago and illinois!

Juicy Smollier
15 days ago
Reply to  Thee Jabroni

LOL, so stupid. That’s what statist and anti family Dems give you – and the people they pay off to boot.

Foreign observer
16 days ago

Came here by chance and the data as well as conclusions are interesting. A lot of food for thought. From the data presented, the comments and the overall picture: -there are many people who are simply clueless -there are many people who distort the little knowledge they have -there are many people who are blindly driven by extreme tribal ideology and bizarre conspiracy theories However, the data and analysis, as presented, is helpful to build a case against policies applied at large. The basic problem with opening up the economy while “protecting” the at-risk groups is that it would have… Read more »

Juicy Smollier
15 days ago

At least things wrong with your assumptions. Who says there would be any increase at all in an open economy? Not science, just you. In fact, we see little change in the nature of the virus, which would be predicted if we actually applied what we already KNOW about coronaviruses and respiratory viruses in general. “Opening up as the “Great Barrington” proposed would have resulted in even more morbidity and mortality at large and would have been associated with an even larger and broader ‘economic’ cost.” Incorrect again. We paid a huge price already, and will continue, and people like… Read more »

Foreign observer
15 days ago
Reply to  Juicy Smollier

It’s not politics, it’s basic biology, basic reasoning and common sense. Limiting the spread of the virus AND related direct and indirect consequences required intelligent policies and individual decision-making to limit the biological effects while limiting economic costs. Some areas got it better than others. It’s disappointing to see people pushing for strategies that maximize deaths and complications and also economic costs in the end. Compare states, countries etc
By the time the US gets vaccines on a large scale, many will not be interested in having it and you will have reached almost herd immunity in practice..

Taxpaying Cititzen
14 days ago

Are viruses necessary for human survival? In the long-term, are lockdowns and masking doing more harm than good? Are we disrupting our biologic microbiomes balance from over-disinfecting surfaces, masking, limit contact with family, friends and our communities? Are we weakening our organ functions and immune systems that are necessary for human survival? Meet the trillions of viruses that makeup your virome is an interesting read about the human symbiotic relationship with viruses, biologic evolution and inter-dependency. It has been estimated that there are over 380 trillion viruses inhabiting us. (…) Viruses of the human microbiome provide evolutionary advantages to some… Read more »

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Foreign observer
14 days ago

Then there’s no point about prevention, vaccines and treatments if the idea is to let nature run its course. This is a new genetic form of a virus that is highly contagious and that causes to be sick, be hospitalized and kills an unusually high number of people in the general population. Semmelweis was ridiculed for his advice to wash hands and some suggested: why bother? … Over history, humans have “progressed”, often at the expense of other species and organisms. Human cooperation and collaboration can be helpful. But then again, there are people suggesting that hunters and gatherers were… Read more »

RN, MSN
11 days ago

“From the data presented, the comments and the overall picture:
-there are many people who are simply clueless
-there are many people who distort the little knowledge they have
-there are many people who are blindly driven by extreme tribal ideology and bizarre conspiracy theories”

Yup that’s you in a nutshell.

Foreign observer
11 days ago
Reply to  RN, MSN

The typical reaction of challenged individuals with poor objective arguments based on objective data and logical reasoning is to revert primitively to personal attacks.
The easy thing would be to do the same but i won’t as thinking requires at least minimal effort.
The reason i came here was to understand better because Illinois is facing unusual challenges: fiscal, population leaving etc and your reply helps to understand.

RN, MSN
10 days ago

You’re the one that wrote the personal attack. I just copied and sent it back to you.

Foreign observer
10 days ago
Reply to  RN, MSN

It was not a personal or individual attack but a comment reflecting the general observation of the thought process expressed in many posts.
If you feel personally attacked, this is your problem.
Please focus on the data and the analysis and i will only use personal attack against you personally in self-defense.

Jj
16 days ago

If people were told the truth on how this is predominantly spread, fecal/oral, they wouldn’t be wearing a dirty mask on their faces. Wash your hands and stop putting your mask on and off. They are not only contributing to the spread, but my guess is they are now contributing to an uptick in respiratory illnesses, I.e. bacterial pneumonia. Covid is essentially a blood clotting bug. We suspected that in March when people were having such low oxygen levels that they should have been dead, yet they were quite alert. Ventilators are for respiratory illnesses not covid. Bravo to all… Read more »

Dr Nemo
17 days ago

In our area, hospitals are packed with Covid patients as much or more so than during the May-June horror show. Surprisingly flat-footed response from the public health people so far. No McCormick place reopening. No tents in the hospital parking lots. Late and muted local and national media reportage so far as well. But a big disaster may be brewing here and not in NYC so the national media don’t much care. The election is over so no need to provide more worshipful coverage to our favored political leaders’ heroic, if perhaps ineffective, measures or to castigate those of the… Read more »

Delores Lynch
17 days ago

I have seen television stations include “probable cases” with confirmed cases in their reports. What are probable cases? Are they included in our positivity rates?

Legend
13 days ago
Reply to  Delores Lynch

Yes probable is included with positive. This was done recently to up the count. Just like deaths is anyone with Covid but actually dies of something else. Hence deaths are also exaggerated

Foreign observer
13 days ago
Reply to  Legend

Probable cases are based on thoughtful and relevant clinical criteria when there is no laboratory confirmation. In the sense that if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then it’s likely a duck. The completion of a death certificate is based on a rigorous process and accepted practice. Also, the death certificates are reviewed by competent public health officials. Based on a careful review, there are factors that tend to suggest over-reporting and some others that tend to suggest under-reporting. On a net basis, Covid deaths are likely under-reported in the order of about 10 to 20%,… Read more »

anonymous
13 days ago
Reply to  Legend

All the numbers are SO INFLATED.
A cases is when someone is tested.
Jabba likes to have people tested because it goes into his family’s pockets.
There have been those who pass because of a car accident and then posthumously are tested positve. GUESS what MORE Cases!!!

SJ
18 days ago

The information presented here is clearly biased, you consistently misrepresent the recovery (mortality) rate because you don’t remove the open cases where a clinical outcome has not been determined. Only closed cases should be included. The IDPH website clearly explains how to calculate the recovery rate which is 3%. Not the 1.90% reported here. So the actual rate is near double.
https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics

The Informer
15 days ago
Reply to  SJ

You’re clearly misinformed. People that I know that have tested positive have been released 10 days after their first symptoms and their families are released without a positive test after 14 days.

Juicy Smollier
15 days ago
Reply to  The Informer

99.5% of people will not die. This is not a health crisis. Never was. Being a fatass is a health crisis, we sure as hell didn’t shut the economy down for that for the last 30 years, now did we? Very telling.

Foreign observer
15 days ago
Reply to  Juicy Smollier

If the excess mortality (essentially all related to the virus on a net basis) this year is not a health crisis, then what is?

Tom Maher
18 days ago

Ted or Glenn, Is it possible to add to and frame your IL COVID-19 analysis with these additions: 1) a category for IL deaths “all causes”? In 2018 the average daily deaths were 301. 2) categorically breakdown the death count for SARS-CoV-2 into two sub-categories strictly attributable to Covid-19 (6% as reported by the CDC) and those Covid-19 deaths attributable to 2.6 or more co-morbidity(ies) the other 94%. As a rough example with 10,000 deaths 600 would be SARS-CoV-2 only and 9,400 would be attributable to metabolic syndrome, obesity, morbid obesity and other causes. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/metabolic-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20351916 A review of demographic breakdowns… Read more »

Bill
18 days ago

Remember everyone the politicians work for us, we don’t work for them as much as they want us to. The people that voted for JB can lock themselves in their house. Us that didn’t live our lives. Shutting down only prolongs things, the virus will still be here, we open up the cases go up, you can lock down for 6 months but after that 6 months the virus is still there. Where has all the common sense gone? They say restaurants and bars are spreading the virus but what they don’t provide is the proof of that because what… Read more »

MB
18 days ago

Is there data available on normal cold and flu season spikes in hospital/ICU admissions?

Taxpaying Citizen
20 days ago

Illinois hasn’t had a break from covid and the recent rise in hospitalizations in-spite of JB’s rona dictatorship. In fact the graph trajectory is looking more like the gompertz curve. Since March, Czar JB the Terrible and his #miserablefailure sidekick lori Wrongfoot’s covid fear driven lockdowns are ineffectual because viruses have no boundaries and will do what viruses do.

Carla covid
20 days ago

I had it nothing more than flu if u are otherwise healthy. Anyone ever heard of natural selection. It’s all political sure helped Sleepy Joe win.

Eugene from a payphone
21 days ago

I went for a routine physical last Thursday and my Dr. had A basket of pens marked sanitized and another basket marked used. When I questioned him about it because I had heard that object contact was not considered contagious, he said he had to do it because he has never seen such irrational panic in his life. I think the press has been irresponsible in their reporting and it’s deliberate!

Gail Crawford
21 days ago

I’m sorry but I don’t see where all these positive cases are coming from. How do you double your cases in days? What did they do? Because I dont see a big surge in testing around me. Did they change the CT numbers to show more people have the virus when its actually dead virus vs live virus? What is JB doing? I do not trust him at all.I don’t not trust any of these numbers,remember we live in IL its not like politicians tell the truth. He’s thinking federal bailout money still. He’s got this thing for shut downs,… Read more »

Taxpaying Citizen
24 days ago

According to IDPH, on November 6th and 7th over 98,400 (per-day) people were tested. I regularly drive past one of the IDPH drive-in testing facilities located in Cook County and I haven’t seen lines of cars for months- its like a ghost town. Where are these test numbers coming from?

George P. Burdell
24 days ago

I keep wondering the same. I have several testing sites by me on the north side of the city and they’ve been pretty low volume or empty every time I walk or drive by.

23 days ago

They schedule testing appointments in advance. I was tested recently. There was one car in front of me when I arrived. By the time my test was almost over, a car with a person for the next test pulled in.

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Taxpaying Citizen
22 days ago

Thanks for sharing your experience. I checked the IDPH website and some of the facilities are by appointment but many CV19 testing sites are open without appointment (https://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing/mobile-testing-sites).

George P. Burdell
22 days ago

I meant to reply and comment that many are up walk and “no appointment needed”. At least in the city….. They also say FREE! Who doesn’t love FREE?!

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Suzanne Dale Rosenorn
18 days ago

I wont taske those nasty tests if they paid me to.

anonymous
25 days ago

Many many false positives. I do not trust these with a 10 foot pole due to the fact that Pritzker and his family has their hands in the pockets of the earning s of the tests. So it is in their interests to push the tests. Many people have tests prior to a health procedure and that is considered a case. There are multiple tests for one person and each is a new case. Never trust an Illinois Dem or many times a Republican. It is always what they can get out of the people and not what they can… Read more »

Frederick Schurger
25 days ago

Can we get a graph that looks at SARS-CoV-2 cases vs tests? As tests go up, so will the number of positive cases. Also, we need to know what the Cycle Threshold (Ct) value is to understand how many of these “cases” are simply false positives.

NoHope4Illinois
29 days ago

Best I can tell from looking online, the 8% threshold Illinois is using for case positivity is just a randomly picked percentage, i.e., there is no scientific basis for 8%. In fact the WHO case positivity of 5% was picked by WHO since that is what was ‘observed’ in South Korea and New Zealand once the virus was ‘thought’ to be under control. I believe Iowa is using 15%. I did see where CA Gov Newsome picked 8%. If anyone can provide the scientific basis for the 8% threshold on case positivity, I would appreciate it!

George P. Burdell
29 days ago

It’s the same arbitrary nonsense over and over…. Same with the mask mandates on kids. Every state is different…. 🙁

Susan
14 days ago

Find the book on Amazon called Controlled Demolition Of The American Empire and get a copy for a good lawyer. This was all planned.

Freddy
1 month ago

190 people died from Covid so far in Winnebago County out of a population of approx 282,000 with 11,000 infected or .0675% of total and a 97.1% recovery rate.
How many died from heart disease/strokes/cancer/diabetes complications/suicides/etc in the same time span ?

rick1099
18 days ago
Reply to  Freddy

According to Pritzger probably none. All Covid. Anybody who dies is a Covid casualty.

foneguy2
1 month ago

Do you collect and keep the daily cases per age group? Looking for that to see trends in what age groups are getting infected.

Great site. Lots of useful info here. I’m sending it to several buddies ans
additionally sharing in delicious. And of course, thank you in your effort!

NoHope4Illinois
1 month ago

The CDC reported in early September that 6% of Covid deaths were from Covid alone, and the other 94% included comorbid conditions, i.e. ‘weakening factors’. Comorbids are obesity, diabetes, cardiac arrest, heart failure, influenza and pneumonia. If you die from a heart attack, tested positive for Covid but showed no symptoms, you are counted as a Covid death. According to WHO, 80% of people with Covid show no symptoms and get over it by creating their own antibody naturally.

One can only conclude the Covid deaths are greatly overstated.

Laurie McWilliams
1 month ago

Incredibly blown out of proportion. Great info! Thank you….now include the population of each county or did I miss it….that would truly show the ridiculousness of the hysteria they have created.

MB
1 month ago

Anybody else think its odd that occupied ICU beds has been more or less static no matter the ratio of covid patients?
Hospital beds, sure you can argue people avoided the hospitals when they filled up with covid, but ICU?

John Mac
1 month ago
Reply to  MB

a lot of the new reported cases are from younger folks who don’t have existing conditions like older folks. also we know much more about this virus and how to treat it as evidenced by the lower usage of ventilators and ICU beds than lest winter/spring.

Jim
1 month ago

I am new to this site. Has there ever been an explanation as to why deaths are always lowest on Sunday Monday and Tuesday and highest later in the week?

MB
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

Because of how the data is reported over the weekends.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

Weekends and holidays distort the timing of when things get reported. That’s why you should look at 7-day moving averages, which you can do by hovering over the lines on our charts.

jeff
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

people are dying for the weekend to come

JT
1 month ago
Reply to  Jim

🤪

NoHope4Illinois
1 month ago

This is a comment that has been made most likely before, but deaths include people who passed away primarily from something else, e.g. pneumonia, but are classified as Covid death. And there is a significant financial incentive for the hospital to code deaths as Covid. In fact I have heard it is now rare to see a death cause from pneumonia.

Anonymous
1 month ago

There have been the acoounts of when a person dies of a car accident or motorcycle accident. They were dead on the scene but postumously were given the C-19 test and low and behold they died of that and not the automobile accident. The numbers are all off.
In the whole of the US 2% of the people have passed of this. It seems that people have the flu but the symptoms are the same and therefore it is being reported as C-19 and they are not even being tested for it.

NoHope4Illinois
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

The CDC survival rate from Covid19 is 99.8%. Flu is 99.9%.

Democrats politicised the Pandemic, Pritzker included, and their minions in the media won’t let us forget!

Brian
1 month ago

Is there information that can be shown on where all the new cases are coming from, namely, the demographics? I have heard on news that the newest surge appears to be coming from 30-50 year old’s. Reading further comments below I saw that antigen test results are now included in positive test data, any way to separate that out?

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Mel
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

I am also wondering if the antigen tests are causing the case positivity increase. This all seems to conveniently close to the election to ramp up fear. Also the hospitalizations are up but where? I look at cook county data as well and it shows flat yet wirepoints showing state data is showing an increase in hospitalizations. Thanks Wirepoints for what you are doing I love the content.

1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

The Covid Statistics page on the Illinois Department of Public Health web site has Tests, Confirmed Cases and Deaths in bar graph format for age groups <19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, etc. up to age 79, and an over 80 group. Cumulative daily data only. See https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics

anonymous
1 month ago

How many of the positives are also repeat positives of the same person. One person gets tested many times before they come up negative. Each positive is cited as a new case of which it is not.

Johnny
1 month ago

How many positive COVID-19 cases are included in Illinois’ daily numbers from positive antibody tests? Illinois started including antigen tests on October 15th. Coincidentally, Illinois has set several daily COVID-19 records since this date.

The Truth Hurts
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

Are you suggesting that they are adding current infections with past infections? Antigen tests are not the same as the antibody tests. Antigen tests still measure current infections.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Johnny

The state includes no antibody tests (for past infections). They do include the new antigen tests (for current infections) which have indeed bumped up the numbers. We hope to get to that subject soon.

The Truth Hurts
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

I know of a few people that tested positive with the PCR test with zero symptoms. They were sent to get an antigen test where they were negative. This is a real problem when many are speculating that the PCR test are producing a false positive rate of up to 40%. Let’s say 1000 citizens are tested and 20 of them come back positive. Let’s say doctors send these patients to get another test (perhaps the antigen test) to double check. Say 8 (40% false positive) of these patients are now negative with the antigen test and the other 12… Read more »

Dr mark R
22 days ago
Freddy
1 month ago

According to Good Morning America this morning they said that black people are dying at 2.3 times the rate of white people but make up 21% of Covid fatalities yet are only 12.7% of the population. Also less than 1% of the U.S. population lives in long term facilities but make up 41% of Covid deaths. So 47,250 African Americans died from Covid out of 225,000 and 92,250 died in long term care facilities but I don’t know how many African Americans died in those facilities vs in a hospital or at home. The majority survive from Covid but some… Read more »

Suzanne Dale Rosenorn
18 days ago
Reply to  Freddy

I read an article yesterday that sid Covid 19 is actually a B1 deficiency and mimics all the same symptoms as “””””Beri Beri.

Beep-Bop
1 month ago

My question is, how and where is the Covid-19 entered into the state system? Is it entered manually by a state employee? What is the time frame for the entry of data? Are the state employees batching entries?

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Beep-Bop

Hospitals submit it daily, electronically, on hospitalizations and respirators. The following day the state provides the totals. I don’t know the process for deaths and testing.

Suzanne Dale Rosenorn
18 days ago
Reply to  Beep-Bop

Like phoney ballot tallys.

Bill
1 month ago

I love this data, I look at it EVERY DAY. However your charts use too similar if colors. They need to contact more, please

PensionActuary1058
1 month ago

Mark, Ted, and John; great work keeping this data updated. Would it be possible to see a chart of the number of tests performed daily so that the number of cases has some context?

Admin
1 month ago

Isn’t that implied by the positivity rate, which the state publishes daily? We don’t think any of it means much because it depends so much not just on the number of tests but where and why they are being given.

PensionActuary1058
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

It certainly is implied, and I have no doubt that frequent readers of this site are capable of doing the second level thinking that is required to realize this basic math. However, I was thinking that new readers who are currently vulnerable to scare tactics would benefit from seeing the 2 charts side by side. I do agree that hospitalizations and deaths are more appropriate charts for measuring the pandemic and I wish IDPH would stratify this data based on who is hospitalized/dead because of covid vs with covid.

Freddy
1 month ago

According to the IDPH website 110,012 people in Illinois died from all causes in 2018. That’s 9,167 per month average pre Covid. We have had approx 9,500 die from Covid in the last 7 months or so or 1,357 per month. That leaves 7,820 per month dying from other causes. After they update 2020 deaths at the end of the year will the total deaths be more than 110K? From 2010 to 2018 numbers vary from 100K to 110K per year. Curious if there will be more than 110K deaths this year. Hope I read the IDPH website correctly.

1 month ago

The data is impressive and telling. Congratulations. As you proved that you could do a great job, can you investigate the more interesting question: How COVID-19 changed mortality in 2020 comparing to previous years? For example, about one-quarter of deaths are people 80 years or older, 96% of them with other serious illnesses. Sadly, older people with fragile health often die. If not due to COVID-19, many of them might die roughly at the same time for many other reasons? Looking at statistics, can we find out how many of these old people lost any meaningful lifetime due to dying… Read more »

1 month ago

I need to correct myself. I looked at the wrong number on one of your charts. Among recorded deaths, not one quarter but 45.8% are people 80 years old or older. This makes my question even more intriguing.

David G Ford
1 month ago

Thank you wirepoints for showing true,factual info that the mainstream news will never show,they just wanna scare everyone as if the sky is falling,its why i never watch the fake news mainstream media,all a bunch of lying hacks who exagerate the true facts-omg,were all gonna die!!-pleeeease

Denise
1 month ago

Can you add how many tests given per day? Thank you. So many appreciate the time and effort you are putting into this tracking.