Special Report

COVID-19: How Cases in the Springfield, IL Metro Area Compare to Other Major Metros

The U.S. reported over 16,000 new cases of coronavirus on June 10, bringing the total count to more than 33.0 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 592,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.

New cases continue to rise at a steady rate. In the past week, there were an average of 5.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there were an average of 5.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.

While new data shows that the risk of contracting COVID-19 is high in almost every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks and superspreader events. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between different neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.

The Springfield, IL metro area consists of Sangamon County and Menard County. As of June 10, there were 9,697.0 confirmed cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 Springfield residents, roughly in line with the national rate. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.

The incidence of coronavirus cases depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the Springfield metro area, Menard County has the highest incidence of COVID-19 cases. As of June 10, there were 10,141.4 cases per 100,000 residents in Menard County, the most of any county in Springfield, yet not too far from the county with the lowest incidence. In Sangamon County, there were 9,669.3 cases per 100,000 residents — the least of any county in Springfield.

In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, city and county governments have ordered the closure of thousands of consumer-facing businesses. These measures have led to widespread job loss and record unemployment. In the Springfield metro area, unemployment peaked at 15.3% in April 2020. As of March 2021, the metro area’s unemployment rate was 5.8%.

To determine how the incidence of COVID-19 in the Springfield, IL metro area compares to the rest of the country, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metro areas based on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents.To estimate the incidence of COVID-19 at the metropolitan level, we aggregated data from the county level using boundary definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau. Population data used to adjust case and death totals came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey and are five-year estimates. Unemployment data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is seasonally adjusted.

These are all the counties in Illinois where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

FIPS MSA Population Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jun 10 Confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Jun 10 per 100,000 residents Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jun 10 Cumulative COVID-19 deaths as of Jun 10 per 100,000 residents
28100 Kankakee, IL 110,637 14,490 13,096.9 214 193.4
19180 Danville, IL 77,563 9,957 12,837.3 139 179.2
37900 Peoria, IL 406,883 51,193 12,581.8 820 201.5
40420 Rockford, IL 338,356 40,815 12,062.7 575 169.9
14010 Bloomington, IL 172,578 18,519 10,730.8 186 107.8
16980 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,508,605 1,008,332 10,604.4 16,863 177.3
19500 Decatur, IL 105,528 10,964 10,389.7 209 198.1
16060 Carbondale-Marion, IL 137,573 14,115 10,260.0 215 156.3
16580 Champaign-Urbana, IL 226,323 22,579 9,976.5 167 73.8
44100 Springfield, IL 209,167 20,283 9,697.0 249 119.0