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By: Angela Simmons, Weekly Editor
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has introduced the ability to find the number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases by zip code. The department has long held that due to privacy concerns, they only wanted to release statistics by county, but due to repeated requests, they have changed their stance. Zip codes with fewer than five cases will not be displayed due to privacy concerns and the possibility of identifying individuals, according to IDPH Director Dr. Ezike.
According to IDPH, there are eight confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 62269 zip code, which encompasses O’Fallon and Shiloh. 62221, which has parts of Shiloh, Belleville, and Swansea has 12 confirmed cases. 62208, Fairview Heights, has nine confirmed cases. Lebanon’s zip code, 62254, would not display information.
Dr. Ezike said looking at the forecast, she fears that people will flock outdoors tomorrow to enjoy the 80 degree weather, and said she’s pleading for people to “please stay home.” She added that people gathering tomorrow could set the state back in their fight against the virus, and said if people needed to go out, they shpuld be covering their faces and hands.
IDPH has St. Clair County at 92 confirmed cases and two deaths, while St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency is reporting 86 confirmed cases and four deaths. The newest death is of a woman in her 70s that was reported to have underlying conditions.
Dr. Ezike said 70 percent of people dying from COVID-19 have co-morbid conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. The state of Illinois now has 12,362 cases and has had 307 deaths.
Governor JB Pritzker said the peak for Illinois is predicted for late April, and he is keeping an eye on the Metro East area as an emerging hotspot.
Statistics by zip code can be found at https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19/covid19-statistics