These are the counties in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI metro area where COVID-19 is growing fastest
After adding more than 561,000 new cases over the past week, the United States now has more than 77.9 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 930,000 COVID-19 related deaths – the highest death toll of any country.
New cases continue to rise, but at a slower rate. Over the past week, there have been an average of 31.4 new coronavirus cases per day per 100,000 Americans – a decrease from the previous week, when there were an average of 60.3 new coronavirus cases per day. day for 100,000 people.
While COVID-19 has spread to almost all parts of the country, cities continue to experience major outbreaks. Experts agree the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people have close contact with each other on a regular basis, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at risk.
The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI metropolitan area includes Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and 11 other counties. Over the past week, there have been an average of 19.5 new coronavirus cases each day per 100,000 Chicagoans, lower than the national figure. The average daily case growth in the metro area in the most recent week is a decrease from the previous week, when there were an average of 35.3 new daily cases per 100,000 Chicagoans.
The spread of the coronavirus depends on various factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, COVID-19 is growing fastest in Kendall County. There have been an average of 41.7 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in Kendall County over the past week, the most of the 14 counties in Chicago for which data is available.
The growth of cases in the Chicago metro area varies widely at the county level. In Lake County, for example, there has been an average of 10.6 new cases per day per 100,000 population over the past week – the fewest of any county in Chicago and far more than the growth rate of case in Kendall County.
While Kendall County is driving the growth of COVID-19 in the Chicago area, it does not have the highest incidence of cases overall. As of February 24, there were a total of 24,106.3 confirmed cases per 100,000 people in Kendall County, the fifth of the 14 counties in the metro area. For comparison, the United States has so far reported 24,014.4 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.