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 9/27, hospitalizations and resources 9/26

Note: The daily new case count on Sept 4. is not an error. The IDPH says it experienced a slowdown in data processing that affected the reporting of tests due to the large volume of testing occurring in Illinois. The resulting backlog of tests was added on the 4th.

 

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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Mike
4 hours ago
Freddy
2 days ago

Interesting interview with Professor Dolores Cahill Sept 22,2020 on youtube about Coronavirus/Covid and immunity. It is over an hour long but the first 10 minutes has lots of info.

Mike
4 days ago

Here’s a YouTube interview of Martin Kulldorff by Grant Gallagher of Contagion (which is part of MJH Associates Inc.).

Contagion Live.

Evaluating Age Based Coronavirus Strategies With Martin Kulldorff.

By Grant M. Gallagher.

August 21, 2020.

http://www.contagionlive.com/news/evaluating-age-based-coronavirus-strategies-martin-kulldorff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIQ0SSMo3JU

Mike
4 days ago

Check out this September 19, 2020 article from the socialist magazine Jacobin. Martin Kulldorff, a professor of medicine, and Katherine Yih, a biologist and epidemiologist, both currently employed by Harvard Medical School, are interviewed. Ms. Yih – “I don’t think it’s wise or warranted to keep society locked down until vaccines become available.” “But I have been struck by how this emphasis on keeping the numbers down at all costs has not evolved with time.” Mr. Kulldorff – “Children and young adults have minimal risk, and there is no scientific or public health rationale to close day care centers, schools,… Read more »

Mike
4 days ago
Reply to  Mike

The interviewer is Nicole Aschoff and the name of the article is, “We Need a Radically Different Approach to the Pandemic and Our Economy as a Whole.”

Mike
4 days ago

From Brian Rosenthal at the New York Times, Duaa Eldeib at ProPublica Illinois, and Anna Flagg (based in California) at The Marshall Project (based in New York). “Using public records to report on racial and ethnic disparities being experienced during COVID-19.” “In city after city across the United States. the coronavirus has devastated Black and brown communities. In this panel investigative reporters from three different publications will share their secrets for obtaining and analyzing records and data from all levels of government showing the stark disparities. They will touch on both the fallout from the pandemic and America’s longstanding history… Read more »

Mike
5 days ago

https://politicalcalculations.blogspot.com

Political Calculations has some interesting COVID-19 articles.

NB-Chicago
9 days ago

Meanwhile, obesity in us hits an all time high @ 42% (black folks at 50%), shocking!!! PRNewswire: US Adult Obesity Rate Tops 42 Percent; Highest Ever Recorded.
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-adult-obesity-rate-tops-42-percent-highest-ever-recorded-301132778.html

someone
10 days ago

Illinois is probably doing just as Nashville mayor–over report numbers to keep places shut down.

George P. Burdell
12 days ago

In case anyone missed this: 9/4/2020 – From Rush University (you know, the one in Chicago but, I can’t find this being reported anywhere locally…. thankfully Sky News in Australia covered this).

Hydroxychloroquine is Effective and Safe for the Treatment of COVID-19, and May be Universally Effective When Used Early Before Hospitalization: A Systematic Review
https://www.palmerfoundation.com.au/hydroxychloroquine-is-effective-and-safe-for-the-treatment-of-covid-19-and-may-be-universally-effective-when-used-early-before-hospitalization-a-systematic-review/

Sheena
15 days ago

Are there any free COVID testing sites near Schaumburg?

David F
16 days ago

Death rate is lower than just living in Chicago where fast moving lead is killing more people.

Mark Benkovic
19 days ago

IMHO, this is propaganda, manipulation & fraud of epic proportions … on a global level.

Joey Zamboni
16 days ago
Reply to  Mark Benkovic

Massive gaslighting…

Dr Nemo
21 days ago

A case is what the CDC says it is for its purposes. In medicine generally, a positive test does not necessarily equate to a case of illness. Medical diagnosis in individuals calls for inductive reasoning, the painting of a picture using multiple observations and data points of which a positive test result is one. The CDC not trying to diagnose cases of illness. The CDC is trying to get a handle on the incidence and prevalence of Covid 19 in the population and how that changes over time. For that purpose has defined a case as being, among other things,… Read more »

Christo
21 days ago

Positive tests are not “cases”

Timothy Souther
22 days ago

What’s with the recent single day (Sep 4 & 5) super-spikes in reported positives (5,368 & 2,806) and number of tests performed (149,273 & 61,935)? The Sep 4 positives number is by far the most ever reported (by 34%) and the two tests numbers are by far the most ever reported (by 164% and 9% respectively). These seem inordinate and I’ve heard no discussion of it.

George P. Burdell
22 days ago

You didn’t look very hard. https://blockclubchicago.org/2020/09/04/illinois-sees-record-number-of-new-coronavirus-cases-after-testing-backlog-leads-to-5368-positives/

Much like all of the testing #’s – it can be stacked and manipulated – day by day -to continue to allow for panic and compliance.

Jeff M.
16 days ago

weird conclusion given the research you did. It was clearing out a backlog. Then you take that to be it’s manipulated…

Lunchmeat
15 days ago

Just like people in sales manipulating the data to meet end of the month quotas.

Karyn Garrison
22 days ago

It would be interesting to see how may of the daily test numbers are repeat test on the same person. I know and have read lots of people who need to be tested multiple times to return to work etc.
Does IDPH have this data?

Admin
22 days ago
Reply to  Karyn Garrison

Right. Especially with that new test coming out from U of I. Costs $10 or something and results within an hour.

Downstate cynic
18 days ago
Reply to  Karyn Garrison

They should but…. So late in July HHS mandated that all SARS CoV 2 tests include pre test data like symptoms, contact, previous testing etc. Looking at 3 weeks of data on 12K outpatient tests where over 95 % had the information entered in the order ….about a third of the tests indicate indicate that the current ordered test is not their first. So in our region in Illinois where rapid turnaround time (less than 24hrs) PCR testing has been available since April there is a lot of repeat testing. But between nursing home repeat surveillance testing, employer post exposure… Read more »

Bob Sellers
22 days ago

I would like to see the total number of deaths from January thru August of last year (2019) in Illinois compared to the same time frame in 2020. I am just guessing but I bet it’s about the same.

Amy
22 days ago

These charts are really helpful. One question I would love the answer to: what is the rate of hospitalization for people diagnosed with COViD 19? We know the case fatality rate and have some idea about the infection fatality rate. But what percentage of people who contract or are diagnosed with the virus will suffer severe illness? These numbers, broken down by age, would be really informative. Is this information in the charts above?

Admin
22 days ago
Reply to  Amy

You would think that should be available but it is not, really. You could compare hospitalizations to the number of reported cases shown in the above data, but that is incomplete because asymptomatic cases are unknown. That’s because IL refuses to do antibody tests which would give us a read on how many people previously got infected but never got sick.

David F
25 days ago

I’d like to see how many people normally die and where we are at, is this really so much different then normal? I think more children die of the flu and it’s back …

George P. Burdell
24 days ago
Reply to  David F

I believe it’s about ~300/daily from all causes. So yeah….. SMH….

Paul
25 days ago

Web team, the site is not updating, graphs have nothing past 8/30

Admin
25 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Thanks. We are working on it.

Jennifer P. Streit
26 days ago

On most days, most of the graphics fail to load on this page. Nothing appears prior to the Total Reported Covid Cases Graph. Large gaps elsewhere. This has been going on for at least two weeks.

Hank Scorpio
27 days ago

WP Team, just want to let you know there is a performance problem with the site — it’s eating up alot of CPU in the browser. Seems to be related to “page-scroll-to-id.js” — may want to pass this on to your web team.

Admin
27 days ago
Reply to  Hank Scorpio

Thanks. We will get on it.

Fur
28 days ago

The CDC has spoken.

Paul
1 month ago

Deaths per million, Illinois 638, Sweden 575

Dagny
21 days ago
Reply to  Paul

Illinois’ population us greater than Sweden’s.

Joe Blow
1 month ago

curve was flattened months ago and we’re still in lock down… can’t wait for this dictatorial garbage to be over with November 4th…

ORDWTF
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Blow

I keep hoping 11/4 it ends. But I’m not so sure anymore. They just keep moving the goal posts.

Frederick Schurger
1 month ago

I would really like to see the curve of ‘positive test %’ based on number of tests administered.

Yourmom
1 month ago

Having the graph of daily reported cases with a 200,000 max is manipulative and confirms your bias. Let your viewers see the second wave we are currently on for what it is and let them decide their opinion of it.

ORDWTF
1 month ago
Reply to  Yourmom

Care to actually provide something you think is “unbiased” and better? I’m guessing not.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Yourmom

Huh? It shows the current number over 200K. And the chart on daily new cases is where you can see the second wave most clearly, which is provided.

Jessica Hockett
1 month ago

There needs to be clarity about “COVID Patients”. Per University if Chicago Hospital’s updates to staff, these are people hospitalized “with” COVID, not necessary “because of” COVID. Big difference, and the people of IL are being played with these semantics.

There is no public health emergency or disaster in this state right now. COVID19’s season ended in June. What we have now is a hot spot testing/asymptomatic case-chasing nightmare.

Mel
1 month ago

As additional support to re-opening schools could you write an article to compare Illinois to the rest of the world? I know the US stats as a whole do not look good in comparison because of New York and New Jersey. I did a few little on the back of the napkin calculations and I think the data is compelling. The overall US look without New York and New Jersey would be interesting but I realize you are not working with all of that data set today. Thanks for all of the great content on your site. I really appreciate… Read more »

Julie
1 month ago

Are new infections classified by age cohort anywhere? That seems significant.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Julie

No, Illinois does not. Florida does and it gives you a better sense of what’s happening. Illinois is unlikely to share…same goes for comorbidities, hospitalization admissions and releases, recoveries, etc.

Chris R
1 month ago

Great information Thank You! I am sharing your page with anyone that will listen. One item: I have heard that calling them “cases” is misleading since individuals may test positive more than once, as they try to get negative tests to return to work or travel, etc. These are “Positive Tests” not “Cases”.
I suppose it is too much to ask for IDPH to report the more accurate individual “cases” rather than number of “positive tests”?…or at least name them more accurately?

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Chris R

I think you’re right. Too much to ask Gov. Pritzker to release more detailed data.

Valerie LerSchea
22 days ago
Reply to  Chris R

ITS NEVER BEEN ABOUT A VIRUS.
correct “ cases” are “cases” … which means NOTHING. This “ corona virus has been around many many years, it’s NOT new. It was patented in 1999….. SHAM and a SCAM

Clark
21 days ago

Coronavirus is an umbrella term, covering a long list of specific virus infections, such as many versions of the common cold, MERS, SARS, and now the new, dangerous, COVID-19. Medical folks first identified human coronaviruses in the mid 1960’s. 

dave zimmeerman
1 month ago

seems that we are fortunate in that we are having less hospitalizations and deaths,. So why does our govn. threaten the state with added restrictions,,,, we as a state need to take responsibilities for electing these people… what is enuff!!!! lets do something different ,,,,,

Joe Blow
1 month ago

looks to me like the curve has been flattened, for a long time now… why are draconian measures still increasing?

ORDWTF
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Blow

Our only hope anymore is Dr. Scott Atlas – who recently joined the Coronavirus Taskforce. I thought AG Barr was going to intervene, but that didn’t get too far.

Kevi
12 days ago
Reply to  Joe Blow

Because there is an election coming and nothing else they have tried has gotten rid of Trump yet. This is all just political BS and has been from the beginning.

Greg
1 month ago

I would like to see the numbers from all causes of death not just supposed Covid. Are the deaths being listed by: caused by Covid or Covid was present but not the cause. I feel that the numbers are be inflated by listing deaths as all caused by Covid.

Pat
1 month ago

I know several people that waited in line to get tested and gave their information to the testers but didn’t wait for the test due to the line being too long. Then 2 days later got a call saying they tested positive.

Lana
1 month ago

We have to wear these scum bag masks ordered by the gestapo, Now Give the people of Illinois the choice to take Hydroxychloroquine or not! It should not be mandated by a commie rat who sits in Springfield!

Kathy
1 month ago

Would like to know if deaths are by actual date of death or reported date of death? Thanks.

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  Kathy

By reported date, which is a major problem. That’s all they give.

UnclePugsly
1 month ago

Small suggestion – scrolled data tables could have current data first so you do not have to scroll to end of table to get to it. Thanks for all the great data!

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  UnclePugsly

Will do. Thanks for recommendation.

1 month ago

Illinois is inflating the numbers to justify school closing and shutting down businesses all to hurt the economy and try to hurt President Trump in November 2020. It is pure political politics by the Democrat Party. They know that they have a loser in Joe Biden; their riots backfired on the Democrats so now all they have left is to destroy the economy and keep the schools closed. The science shows that the virus is less harmful to people under the age of 65 than the annual flu. The schools should be opened and the elderly be protected.

Fed up neighbor
1 month ago
Reply to  Raymond Kohn

👍👍👍👍

Gee
1 month ago
Reply to  Raymond Kohn

OK yes I kinda get that ,,, but why would it matter when its a Biden state regardless? Seems its more of a scorched earth socialist take over tactic.

Kay Saroski
1 month ago
Reply to  Raymond Kohn

Kind of funny that Dems work so hard to keep Illinoisans in their camp with the Covid narrative and passing the blame to anyone else besides themselves. The state is pretty blue – not sure they have to work so hard. Maybe they are actually worried about the impact of Madigan, Pritzker’s equity stake in Covid tests, lack of respect for police, crime, dwindling tax dollars and people leaving the state. Pritzker and IPDH should be ASHAMED of themselves for nursing home death rates and locking healthy people down. Now Biden says we should wear masks outdoors for at least… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Kay Saroski
1 month ago

Not talking about how may times the same person tests positive. Know of several individuals who’ve taken the test several times and tested positive more than once. Each time the same person tested positive they’re counted as a new person.

anyone
1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara Goschi

I know of a number of people this has happened to as well.
The higher numbers the more money the state will get.

1 month ago
Reply to  Barbara Goschi

Exactly, plus “who” verifies these numbers? A couple months ago the IDPH had to admit they were counting the numbers wrong; they were counting the same positive person from the hospital, county and testing facility..so one person was being counted three times. Believe the same thing is going on now to justify school closing and business closing to try and hurt President Trump in November 2020. Watch after the November 2020 election…everything will be fine.

ROGER KEMPA
1 month ago

THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING NEVER REPORTED IS FOR ALL TIME PERIODS:
>TOTAL TESTED
>NUMBER TESTED NEGATIVE
NUMBER TESTED POSITIVE

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL THE GREAT WORK YOU DO.

Redeave
1 month ago

Love the new charts and tables. Keep up the good work Wirepoints.

Just the facts
1 month ago

There should be an illustration on the infection chart that shows number of daily tests.

Kristen
1 month ago

“The proper way to measure the impact of a virus is to compare current year “all cause mortality” versus previous year “all cause mortality.”
How about adding this as a statistic? How much is Covid adding to the deaths?

ORDWTF
1 month ago
Reply to  Kristen

I think we all know the answer to that question. But, I’d love to see that in a chart/graph too – even based/compared on an annual average off historical data. I keep saying that the overall annual death toll from all causes is still going to be flat YOY. IDPH listed 110,012 deaths in 2018 from all causes (this is the most current year, as I believe it takes 2 years to report the data accurately…..) so roughly 301 deaths / day in a normal year from all causes. Of course, we won’t know the true number for 2 years… Read more »

1 month ago
Reply to  Kristen

Last year was a light flu death season so therefore, Gov. Hog Jowls would presume and announce the difference to be WUHAN related.

ORDWTF
1 month ago

New graphs look great @ Mark & Team! If only the media reported as fairly as Wirepoints!

Admin
1 month ago
Reply to  ORDWTF

Make that Ted and John, not Mark. They’ve been handling that.

UnclePugsly
1 month ago

Heard testing sites in downstate shutting down – don’t need them all. Labcore to remain though.

Cornflakes
1 month ago

It’s to the point that I don’t trust the testing tools, the labs, and the test results coming for those labs. I also no longer believe the data coming from the CDC or any other reporting agencies.

Freddy
1 month ago

Good article at http://www.naturalnews.com. Just search- Big Tech commits medical treason. Video keeps getting taken down. No one can say anything about alternative treatments for Covid. Everything is being censored.

Linda Snyder
1 month ago
Reply to  Freddy

Yes, and the degree of censorship is astounding. Americans are surprised by this but since it’s such a relatively novel experience here, I don’t think they appreciate how dangerous this kind of censorship is. Hitler used censoring to implement his evil plan. Very dangerous proposition. We need the freedom to say and hear every opinion, good and bad, then make up our own mind.

Freddy
2 months ago

On a positive note seasonal flu deaths as of June 5,2020 in Australia are down 99% with only 208 compared to 30,567 same time last year. Hand washing,social distancing and masks may be helping in this. So the upcoming flu season here may be mitigated somewhat.

1 month ago
Reply to  Freddy

Or it could be that all flu deaths are be counted as Wuhan.