Illinois Ranked 15th Highest for COVID-19 Deaths

Despite some of the strictest COVID-19 mitigation rules in the country, Illinois has had the 15th most deaths per capita during the pandemic, according to a Becker’s Hospital Review article based on data gathered by the New York Times.

According to the article, Illinois experienced 183 deaths due to COVID-19 per 100,000 residents. Compared to other states with at least 8 million residents, only New Jersey (269 per 100,000), New York (250 per 100,000), and Pennsylvania (192 per 100,000) fared worse.

Several large states, including those with much less restrictive rules, experienced significantly lower COVID-19 death rates than Illinois, including Michigan (168 per 100,000), Georgia (167 per 100,000), Texas (161 per 100,000), Ohio (153 per 100,000), Florida (151 per 100,000), California (143 per 100,000), Virginia (118 per 100,000), and North Carolina (112 per 100,000).

You can read the full article here.

The Pritzker Administration’s vaccine rollout also had a very troubled start, ranked near the bottom of all states during the first few weeks. Illinois has made strides since then, with the Land of Lincoln now ranked in the middle of all states for both the percentage of the population that has been vaccinated, as well as the percentage of received does that have been administered.

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