These Are The Counties In The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area Where COVID-19 Is Growing The Fastest
After adding over 654,000 new cases last week, there are now more than 47.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. There have been more than 760,000 COVID-19-related deaths – the highest death toll of any country.
The number of new cases continues to rise, albeit at a slower pace. For the past week, there have been an average of 1.5 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans – a decrease from the previous week when there were an average of 12.9 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.
While COVID-19 has spread to almost all parts of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people are routinely in close contact with one another, such as in colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between neighborhoods and large populations can be particularly at risk.
The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI metropolitan area consists of Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and 11 other counties. For the past week, there have been an average of 2.1 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Chicago residents every day, which is the national number. The average daily growth in cases in the metropolitan area for the past week is a decrease from the previous week when there was an average of 11.1 daily new cases per 100,000 Chicago residents.
The spread of the coronavirus depends on a variety of factors and can even vary between neighboring counties. Within the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metropolitan area, COVID-19 is growing fastest in Cook County. For the past week, Cook County had an average of 2.4 new cases per day per 100,000 population, most of the 14 counties in Chicago with data available.
Case growth in the greater Chicago area varies at the county level. In Kendall County, for example, there was an average of 1.0 new cases per day per 100,000 population for the past week – the lowest of any counties in Chicago and more than the case growth rate in Cook County.
While Cook County is driving the growth of COVID-19 in the Chicago area, it doesn’t have the highest overall incidence of cases. By November, Cook County, the ninth-most of the 14 counties in the metropolitan area, had a total of 12,754.5 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents. For comparison, the US has so far reported 14,608.9 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.