Dec 16, 2021 - COVID
COVID high in many low vax counties
Chicago may be facing a heavy COVID-19 caseload, but it pales in comparison to per capita cases in many other parts of the state.
Why it matters: Many of the counties facing heavy caseloads — including Clay, Pike, Calhoun, Edgar and Vermillion — are largely low-income areas with adult vaccination rates around 37-45%.
- Those 18+ rates are 81% in Cook county.
Between the lines: Rural counties with high education levels and large universities show relatively low COVID transmission numbers and high vaccination rates.
- Of Illinois' 10 richest counties, eight — DuPage, Cook, Kendall, Lake, Will, Kane, McHenry and Sangamon — are the most vaccinated.
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