By: Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner
An analysis of data from Dec. 2, Illinois’ single-deadliest COVID day, shows the elderly continue to dominate the state’s fatalities.
Of the 238 deaths reported that day, 220 deaths were over the age of 60. That’s 93 percent of all deaths. In contrast, there were no fatalities under the age of 40.
The numbers were similar the day before. Dec 1 deaths totaled 125. Nearly 95 percent of fatalities were those over the age of 60. In contrast, there were no deaths under the age of 50.
Those aged 60 and older have dominated Illinois’ fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic, with half of all COVID deaths linked to retirement homes. That hasn’t changed with the recent rise in cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Sadly, long-term care facilities haven’t gotten the attention they’ve needed since the pandemic started. It’s only now that they might get more notice, the result of an outbreak at the LaSalle Veterans’ Home in LaSalle, Illinois. Nearly 90 percent of the residents at the home have been infected with COVID and 28 have died.
The incident is now facing several independent inquiries, including a federal investigation. State-run veterans homes are managed by Illinois’ Department of Veterans Affairs, which is run by Linda Chapa LaVia.
It’s good news that the state’s poor handling of retirement homes is finally being looked at. But the damage has already been done. A reported 6,000 Illinois residents of Long-Term Care facilities have already died due to COVID.
We’ve previously written about the state’s failures, as has the Chicago Tribune. But it hasn’t been enough to get the state to change its methods. Long-term facility deaths continue to make up between one-third and one-half of all deaths each week.
Hopefully, this latest scandal will get the state to change its priorities and focus more closely on those that need protection the most: retirement home residents, the infirm and the elderly in general.
Read more about COVID-19 in Illinois:
- The right COVID policy for Illinois? Obsess about the elderly and infirm.
- Every Illinois school parent, teacher should know these COVID-19 facts
- Illinois’ own COVID-19 data reveals the state’s coronavirus policy is upside down
- Give Us Better Data And Projections: With COVID-19 Cases Soaring, Officially Reported Information Is Increasingly Useless