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Weekly COVID-19 data, released May 5, 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turned their efforts to other issues that benefit from the data visualization expertise they offer, so those charts are no longer active.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. (May 5, 2023) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has recorded a total of 4,135,808 cases and 36,850 deaths, in 102 counties in Illinois since the beginning of the pandemic. The department is reporting 3,850 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in Illinois in the week ending April 30, and 5 deaths.

As of Thursday night, 404 individuals in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 46 patients were in the ICU and 25 patients with COVID-19 were on ventilators.

IDPH Director Sameer Vohra said that with the national and state Public Health Emergencies for COVID -19 expiring on May 11, there will be changes to data collection and reporting on the virus:

  • After May 11, the CDC will stop tracking and reporting COVID-19 cases at the community level and will no longer provide a weekly update.
  • Hospitals will no longer be required to report the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital beds or in the ICU or on ventilators.
  • IDPH will continue to report the weekly number of COVID-19 hospital admissions, cases and deaths, and weekly vaccination data.
  • Data on COVID-19 and the flu will also continue to be reported via the Illinois Waste Water Surveillance System dashboard

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.