WEST TOWN — Rates of coronavirus testing are higher in the zip codes that include Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, Noble Square and River West compared to Logan Square. And rates of positive COVID-19 cases are relatively low in all of those areas, according to new data.
The Illinois Department of Public Health on Monday released data sets that break COVID-19 cases down by county and by zip code.
This data should be placed in the context of how many people have been tested in each zip code. According to city data, relatively few people in Chicago have been tested.
Despite the low testing rate and the fact that neighborhoods in Chicago often overlap across multiple zip codes, some information about the relative spread of the virus can be gleaned from the new data.
For example, compared to Hermosa and the areas surrounding Hanson Park, zip code data shows whiter and wealthier Logan Square seeing fewer COVID-19 cases.
View zip code-specific positive case rates and testing rates below:
60622 — Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, Eastern Humboldt Park
As of Monday, 87 cases have been reported. The rate of testing through April 5 is 458.6 to 695.5 per 100,000 people — or roughly .46 to .69 percent of people.
This zip code includes the majority of Wicker Park, the entirety of Ukrainian Village and the majority of West Town. It also includes the east side of Humboldt Park and the east side of Bucktown.
60647 — Logan Square, Bucktown
In the neighboring zip code of 60647, which includes much of Logan Square and the west side of Bucktown, 68 cases were reported. The rate of testing through April 5 is 209 to 458.5 per 100,000 people — or roughly .2 to .46 percent of all people.
60642 — River West, Noble Square, Goose Island
The 60642 zip code, which includes the West Town neighborhoods of Noble Square and River West, saw only 19 cases.
This zip code includes the highly industrial areas around Goose Island and Lincoln Yards, but it’s worth noting the zip code also saw the highest rate of testing among Northwest Side area zip codes.
As of April 5, 458.6 to 695.5 per 100,000 people, or roughly .46 to .69 percent of all people, have been tested,
60612 — West Town, East Garfield Park
The 60612 zip code, which includes the southwest portion of West Town and some of East Garfield Park, had 129 reported cases.
The rate of testing through April 5 was higher than that of the nearby Wicker Park and River West zip codes; 695.6 to 1042.7 per 100,000 people, or roughly .69 to 1 percent of all people, have been tested.
60639 — Hermosa, Hanson Park
The 60639 zip code, which includes Hermosa and the area surrounding Hanson Park, had 111 cases. The rate of testing through April 5 is 209 to 458.5 per 100,000 people — roughly .2 to .46 percent of all people.
60624 — Garfield Park, Homan Square
The 60624 zip code, which includes Garfield Park and Homan Square, had 131 cases. The rate of testing through April 5 is 695.6 to 1042.7 per 100,000 people — roughly .69 to 1 percent of all people.
The new data coincided with a Monday announcement that more than 70 percent of people who have died from coronavirus in Chicago so far are Black.
Among those for whom race and/or ethnicity are known, 52 percent of COVID diagnoses have been in Black Chicagoans, said Dr. Allison Arwady, head of the Chicago Department of Public Health.
Only 30 percent of Chicago is Black.
The city is issuing an order that will require all medical providers to share demographic information, including race and ethnicity, for each COVID-19 patient they test or treat. So far, the city is missing that data in about 25 percent of its returned test results.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot also announced Monday the formation of a Racial Equity Rapid Response Team, comprised of personnel from provider networks and local activists, and the release of data on cases so far.
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