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Weekly COVID-19 data, released April 28, 2023

Note: The Lansing Journal would like to publicly thank HiGeorge, which has now become Dataherald, for the chart codes they developed and provided to us for the past three years. HiGeorge data visualizations made it possible for us to share live, interactive information with our readers, and that was particularly helpful during the unprecedented early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Illinois draws near to the end of its disaster proclamation, Dataherald has turned their efforts to other issues that benefit from the data visualization expertise they offer, so those charts are no longer active. We have removed the charting code from this post and will simply share the information we receive from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

CHICAGO, Ill. (April 29, 2023) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has recorded a total of 4,131,817 cases and 36,822 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois since the beginning of the pandemic. The department is reporting 3,963 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois in the week ending April 23, and 19 deaths.

With the national and state Public Health Emergencies for COVID-19 due to expire on May 11, IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra reminded Illinois residents about potential changes surrounding COVID-19 care and resources. “The good news is that access to COVID-19 vaccinations and certain treatments, like Paxlovid, will generally not be affected as coverage will transfer from the public health system to more traditional health care coverage,” said Vohra. “However, coverage for COVID-19 testing, especially at-home COVID-19 testing, may change depending on your health insurance provider. Please reach out to your health care provider for your most up-to-date information.”

As of Thursday night, 475 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 49 patients were in the ICU and 14 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

The state is winding down its disaster proclamation, which will officially end on May 11. The Lansing Journal will continue to report COVID-19 data as long as we receive information from the state.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.