Oct 7, 2021 - COVID
Takeaways from the latest Chicago COVID data
Illustration of a pattern of syringes.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Chicago's highest COVID positivity rates this week are in ZIP codes with majority white and high income populations, with one exception:

  • The ZIP codes cover parts of Lakeview (60657), Lincoln Park (60642), West Town (60607), Norwood Park (60656), Dunning (60634) and Mount Greenwood (60655).
  • Only one high-positivity ZIP (60617 Pullman and South Shore) hosts a predominantly Black population.

Why it matters: The data bucks earlier trends where COVID largely hit low-income communities of color. Still all of these ZIP codes remain under 4% positivity, compared to a city rate over 14% last November.

More good news: After showing some very low vaccination rates a few weeks ago, Chicago ZIP codes with high concentrations of city workers (60655 and 60656) have improved a lot.

  • 60656 (including Norwood Park) reached 63.2% vaccinated.
  • 60655 (including Mount Greenwood) reached 66.3%.

New and improved: Last week CPS launched a new COVID site that is updated daily and shares all reported cases.

  • Quarantined staff and students now total 6,965
Data: City of Chicago; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios
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