Wondering Which Illinois Zip Codes Have Been Hit the Hardest by COVID-19? Zip Codes in Chicago’s Southwest Side, West and Northwest Side Among Highest Numbers

Courtesy of U.S. ArmyThough Illinois has been in Phase Four of its reopening plan for months now, confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the state — with some areas doing worse than others.

Illinois saw 144,882 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of July 2, with the highest number of cases tracking to zip codes in the Southwest Side, West and Northwest Side of Chicago, data shows. Cook County, which covers all of Chicago and many surrounding suburbs, had 38,548 cases.

Click here for a map of COVID-19 in Illinois by zip code.

Zip codes 60623 and 60639 both had the highest number of cases, according to statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Zip code 60623 covers most of the North Lawndale and South Lawndale community areas on the city’s Southwest Side and 60639 covers most of Belmont Cragin, Hermosa and parts of Austin and Humboldt Park on the West and Northwest sides of the city.

Rogers Park — the neighborhood that includes Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus — sits in zip codes 60626 and part of 60645, which saw 1,126 and 1,134 cases, respectively. West Ridge, the neighborhood adjacent to Rogers Park, takes up most of the 60645 zip code and recorded the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in Chicago back in April, The Phoenix reported. But 60645 is no longer among the most severely affected zip codes, most of which have more than 3,000 cases each.

Most of Edgewater — which meets Rogers Park on the south side of campus — is in zip code 60660, where the IDPH confirmed 483 cases. Part of the neighborhood also sits in 60640 which had 874 cases, data shows.

Illinois reported 6,987 deaths as of July 2, according to the IDPH, and 1,666,317 people had been tested across the state.

The state is currently in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, meaning schools and businesses can reopen with capacity limits, while social distancing and face masks are encouraged.

Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady, M.D., issued an emergency travel order July 2 directing travelers who have been in states surging in cases to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Chicago, according to a city press release. The order will go into effect July 6.

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