COVID-19 Cases in Illinois in 2020: What happened?

On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. This has led to multiple changes in disease prevention and healthcare policies in different countries, including America. Despite such immediate actions, America rapidly witnessed an increase in COVID-19 cases over the course of two months since March 2020. The following graph shows the trend in Illinois.

Overall, the graph shows that there is a trend that was observed amongst communities: heavy fluctuation throughout the periods, which was followed by a spike. The numbers plummeted with an overall decrease towards mid-May.

The graph shows while that most races witnessed an increase in positive cases toward the end of April, Black Non-Latin had an early rise beginning April and a steady decrease over the course of two months.

The White Non-Latinx community experienced a steady growth throughout May, followed by a slight decrease towards the end of May 2020.

In contrast, the Latinx community stands out with a surge in cases towards the end of April that seemed to split into three waves. The community peaked at 559 cases and experienced some heavy fluctuations on the decrease.

A large portion of the cases lie in the Unknown Race/Ethnicity category, which peaked at 354 at around the same time as the Latinx community. The community experienced an immediate increase that stayed stable for a month before plummeting to show a trend of decrease.

In comparison to other races, the Asian Non-Latinx community held a significantly low number of cases at an average of 16 and a peak of 34 people.

It is important to understand that while the numbers might seem high for some communities, factors may vary since each community might have more population than others.

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