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2,268 new cases, 87 additional deaths

Thursday, May 21, 2020

* Press release

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced 2,268 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Illinois, including 87 additional deaths.

    Cook County: 1 male 20s, 1 male 30s, 1 female 40s, 1 male 40s, 2 females 50s, 6 males 50s, 3 females 60s, 5 males 60s, 2 females 70s, 5 males 70s, 2 males 80s, 8 males 80s, 3 females 90s, 4 males 90s
    DuPage County: 1 male 60s, 1 female 70s, 1 male 70s, 2 females 90, 1 male 90s
    Kane County: 1 male 30s, 1 male 60s, 1 male 70s, 2 males 80s, 4 females 90s
    Kankakee County: 1 male 70s, 1 male 80s, 2 males 90s
    Lake County: 1 female 60s, 2 females 70s, 2 females 80s, 1 female 90s
    Livingston County: 1 male 70s
    Madison County: 1 male 70s, 1 female 90s
    McHenry County: 1 female 70s
    McLean County: 1 female 70s, 2 females 80s
    Rock Island County: 1 female 90s
    Sangamon County: 1 female 80s
    Stephenson County: 1 male 60s
    Will County: 1 male 70s, 2 females 80s
    Winnebago County: 1 female 50s, 1 male 60s, 2 females 80s, 1 male 90s

Currently, IDPH is reporting a total of 102,686 cases, including 4,607 deaths, in 100 counties in Illinois. The age of cases ranges from younger than one to older than 100 years. Within the past 24 hours, laboratories have reported 29,307 specimens for a total of 672,020. The statewide 7-day rolling positivity rate, May 12-18, 2020 is 14%.

*All data are provisional and will change. In order to rapidly report COVID-19 information to the public, data are being reported in real-time. Information is constantly being entered into an electronic system and the number of cases and deaths can change as additional information is gathered. Information for deaths previously reported has changed, therefore, today’s numbers have been adjusted.

* Dr. Ezike at the briefing

As of last night, 4107 individuals were in the hospital with COVID-19. And of those, 1088 patients were in the ICU and 609 patients were on ventilators.

That’s a small uptick from yesterday.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

14 Comments »
  1. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 2:43 pm:

    Any numbers on the percent of cases that result in hospitalization? I see a daily tabulation of people in the hospital but don’t know how many of the overall cases wind up in the hospital.


  2. - Bob Loblaw - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 2:53 pm:

    Perhaps I’m not understanding the concept of the statewide rolling average. I’m looking at the last 7 days of positives/tests and not seeing a single day over 11% and 5 of the 7 under 10%. How does it work?


  3. - ryan - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 3:01 pm:

    Cook County’s percentage of the deaths announced today is lower than on any day I remember. Just one over half.

    Could be noisy data, of course. There’s a fair amount of consensus in Illinois on what to do anyways.

    But if Cook’s case and death numbers come into parity with its population share, that should also help moderate the extremes of debate, as people downstate see that their risk and Cook’s aren’t that different.

    And help the state move forward more confidently into the next phase, rather than feeling that one side is holding the other back; or the other is endangering the one.


  4. - cermak_rd - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 3:21 pm:

    There are not many days when we do not see a handful of deaths of those in their 20s, 30s or 40s in Cook County and sometimes in Kane County. I understand they may have comorbidities but if those comorbidities are things like obesity or diabetes, those are things they easily could have managed for 20-30 or more years.


  5. - Bourbon Street - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 3:39 pm:

    ==those are things they easily could have managed for 20-30 or more years==

    Is your point that the rest of us should not care about those people or that obesity is easy to handle or that their deaths should be reported separately under a column heading which reads “People Who Died Because They Didn’t Figure Out A Way To Cure Themselves of Diabetes”?


  6. - Candy Dogood - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 3:42 pm:

    I keep bracing myself for what these numbers will look like in Mid-June.


  7. - In 630 - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 3:45 pm:

    Cool Papa- check out the “Detailed Hospitalization Data” link on the IDPH Coronavirus data page.

    No percentages, but there are graphs showing hospital bed and ICU bed utilization over time and compares to non-covid and open beds


  8. - ryan - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 3:45 pm:

    Bourb,

    Maybe I shouldn’t step in to explain someone else’s post. I might be wrong.

    But I’m pretty sure you’re not giving cermak_rd nearly enough credit.

    I think the point is to criticize the “yeah, but only the ones with comorbidities die” meme, saying despite their comorbidities, they had a lot of life left to live.


  9. - Bourbon Street - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 3:49 pm:

    @ryan: I believe you are correct. I apologize to cermak_rd.


  10. - Cool Papa Bell - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 4:01 pm:

    @ 630 - Thank you.


  11. - Tim - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 4:22 pm:

    @Bob Loblaw: As Dr. Ezike has said repeatedly, it’s a 7-day rolling average with a 3-day lag. Note above: today’s release states the data used is from May 12-18.

    “…a three-day lag is used to allow time for IDPH to receive more complete data.” https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore


  12. - cermak_rd - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 4:29 pm:

    Thank you. That is what I meant. These people still likely had a lot of years to look forward to.


  13. - Froganon - Thursday, May 21, 20 @ 5:39 pm:

    One of the dearest colleagues I’ve known was both overweight and a diabetic. His loss is a permanent hole in my admitedly small world as well as for many others. I don’t have words to express how utterly wrong it is to discount the loss of people who are outside of approved health parameters. The loss of old, young, fat, thin, diabetics and fitness addicts is shredding lives, families and communities around the world. I grieve for the loss of those I knew, those who were beloved by others and those whose uniqueness was cut short by Covid virus. Their weight, age or blood sugar is not a measure their value.


  14. - Bob Loblaw - Friday, May 22, 20 @ 8:38 am:

    Tim, that date range shows 10.7% average positive rate


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