“Forty thousand hospitalizations. Not 40,000 cases, but 40,000 people who require acute care in a hospital setting,” Lightfoot said. “That number will break our healthcare system… This will push our city to the brink.”
That’s from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, as reported by NBC Chicago, on hospitalizations Chicago must prepare for to treat COVID-19 victims.
But take a look at the only reputable, publicly available projections for hospitalizations, which is from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Click on Illinois and you will see that only about 9,300 hospital beds are expected to be needed when the virus peaks for all Illinois.
Isn’t it time for reporters to start asking why Illinois doesn’t provide hospitalization numbers as other states do? They are key, as we’ve been writing, according to experts around the country. Many other articles in other states have made that same point, though it’s ignored by Illinois reporters.