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IDPH releases COVID-19 cases by zip code, indicating virus' impact on local communities

Gov. JB Pritzker speaks March 30 at the Thompson Center in Chicago during the daily update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Gov. JB Pritzker speaks March 30 at the Thompson Center in Chicago during the daily update on the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The 60645 zip code on Chicago’s north side has seen the highest number of COVID-19 cases of any zip code in the state of Illinois, according to data released Monday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

There have been 225 confirmed cases in the 60645 zip code. The 60620 zip code on Chicago’s South Side is not far behind with 216 confirmed cases.

Until Monday, the state had not given any information about the location of COVID-19 cases beyond the total counts for each county. This information comes as IDPH also announced an additional 33 deaths and 1,006 more confirmed cases throughout the state Monday.

Anyone can visit to view the data for zip codes across the state. The state is not releasing counts for zip codes with five cases or fewer.

“It should be assumed, however, that COVID-19 is occurring in every zip code in Illinois,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said. “But for our website, zip codes with five cases or less will not be shared due to privacy concerns and the concern for identifying an individual.”

The 60628 (193 cases), 60619 (188 cases) and 60617 (175 cases) zip codes – all on Chicago’s south side – have some of the highest totals in the state. The hardest-hit suburbs include the 60085 zip code, which includes Waukegan and Park City, with 126 cases and 60411, in the Chicago Heights area, with 127 cases.

The data represents the most comprehensive geographical picture of the virus that the state has provided. It represents only confirmed cases, which doesn’t account for those who might have the virus but have not been tested. Deaths by zip code are not available.

To date, Illinois has tested 62,942 people. Chicago has 5,067 confirmed cases of COVID-19, while the rest of Cook County has 3,661.

Lake County has 815 confirmed cases, DuPage 715, Will 703, Kane 234, McHenry 144, Kendall 55, DeKalb 22, Whiteside 18, La Salle 11, Grundy nine, Ogle seven, Carroll four, Bureau three and Lee two.

Jefferson and Wabash counties reported their first cases Monday. The virus has now reached 73 of Illinois’ 102 counties.

Newly reported deaths Monday include 22 in Cook County. Eight died in Will County: a man in his 40s, a man in his 50s, two men in their 70s, two women in their 80s and two men in their 80s. Deaths also include a DeKalb County man in his 50s and two Lake County men in their 80s.

Ezike warned that the weather forecast for Tuesday – calling for temperatures in the 60s and 70s across the state – is not reason enough to ignore the state’s stay-at-home order.

“[Tuesday] will be our warmest day in many areas of the state,” Ezike said. “Please stay home. I assure you, if people congregate tomorrow, we will set the state back in our fight against COVID-19.”

Gov. JB Pritzker noted that it’s OK for people to go outside in their yards, but not to meet with others or congregate in parks.

Pritzker again provided an update on the state’s stock of personal protective equipment. The state has ordered nearly 10 million N95 masks, 14 million KN95 masks, 7 million surgical masks, 22 million disposable general use masks, 19 million gloves, 5 million face shields and 3 million gowns.

Pritzker said that, at the current rate, over the next 10 days the state will use 1.5 million N95 masks, 25 million gloves, 4.4 million gowns and 700,000 surgical masks.

“That’s just across our hospitals and long-term care facilities, with small set-asides for our law enforcement and essential state workers,” Pritzker said. “That’s also before you count the McCormick Place alternate care facility, which could bring our surgical mask rate to over 2 million across that 10-day period.”

At those rates, Pritzker said, the supplies that the federal government sent to Illinois would last “only a handful of days.”

“Here’s the good news: We haven’t trusted what we were told by the White House,” Pritzker said. “Instead, members of my governors office, IDPH and IEMA have been working tirelessly to pursue all other routes to acquire additional PPE.”

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