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This is the City in Illinois With the Most COVID-19 Cases

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The U.S. has reported more than 63.8 million confirmed COVID-19 cases as of January 18. More than 840,000 Americans have died of COVID-19 — the highest death toll of any country.

Nationwide, there were an average of 221.4 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans in the week ending January 18. Cumulatively, the U.S. has reported 19,451.3 cases per 100,000 Americans, and 256.2 deaths per 100,000 Americans.

In Illinois, there were an average of 240.0 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents in the week ending January 18. Cumulatively, Illinois has reported 20,202.3 cases per 100,000 state residents, the 24th most of all 50 states. Illinois has reported 255.3 deaths per 100,000, the 20th fewest of all 50 states.

While the nation’s largest metropolitan areas were hit hardest in the early months of the pandemic, nearly every city has suffered from the virus. Outbreaks are particularly likely to occur in places where large numbers of people tend to congregate, leaving cities with high concentrations of colleges, correctional facilities, and nursing homes particularly at risk.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Danville metropolitan area has reported 22,635 confirmed cases, or 29,182.7 per 100,000 residents — the most of any city in Illinois.

Decatur, the city with the second most cases per capita, has reported 23,165.4 cases per 100,000 residents.

The coronavirus crisis has led to widespread unemployment across the country as consumer-facing businesses are forced to close and customers are encouraged to stay home. Unemployment in Danville peaked at 18.4% in April 2020, and is now at 6.6% as of May 2021.

To determine the metropolitan area in each state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases per capita, 24/7 Wall St. compiled and reviewed data from state and local health departments. We ranked metropolitan areas according to the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents as of January 18. Data was aggregated from the county level to the metropolitan area 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.

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

MSA Population Total cases Cases per 100,000 Total deaths Deaths per 100,000
Danville, IL 77,563 22,635 29,182.7 247 318.5
Decatur, IL 105,528 24,446 23,165.4 289 273.9
Kankakee, IL 110,637 25,439 22,993.2 310 280.2
Carbondale-Marion, IL 137,573 31,565 22,944.2 353 256.6
Bloomington, IL 172,578 39,398 22,829.1 255 147.8
Champaign-Urbana, IL 226,323 51,648 22,820.5 254 112.2
Peoria, IL 406,883 91,501 22,488.3 1,094 268.9
Rockford, IL 338,356 74,646 22,061.4 792 234.1
Springfield, IL 209,167 46,130 22,054.1 338 161.6
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 9,508,605 1,800,530 18,935.8 20,767 218.4

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