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These Are The Counties In The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area Where COVID-19 Is Growing The Fastest

2021-10-22

After adding over 455,000 new cases in the past week, there are now more than 44.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. There have been more than 710,000 COVID-19-related deaths – the highest death toll of any country.

The number of new cases is increasing steadily. For the past week, there have been an average of 27.7 new daily coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans – essentially unchanged from the previous week when there were an average of 28.5 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 scene of major outbreaks. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people are in regular 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 metropolitan area, IL-IN-WI, consists of Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and 11 other counties. For the past week, there have been an average of 16.8 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Chicago residents every day, less than the national number. The average daily growth in cases in the metropolitan area over the past week is essentially unchanged from the previous week, when there was an average of 16.7 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 Jasper County, Indiana. For the past week, Jasper County had an average of 43.0 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 Cook County, for example, there were an average of 14.7 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 Jasper County.

Just as Jasper County is driving the growth of COVID-19 in the Chicago area, it also has the highest incidence of cases overall. As of October 20, Jasper County, most of the 14 counties in the metropolitan area, had a total of 15,558.9 confirmed cases per 100,000 population. For comparison, the US has so far reported 13,751.2 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

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