Since the McHenry County Health Department decided not to publish death data on a daily basis, it has been difficult to figure out what is happening.
Transparency has diminished.
See if you can match the genders, dates of death and age from information provided on the dashboard from those who have died since October 12th.
The state reports daily, but its statistics do not match the county’s.
Yesterday, the State Health Department reported three deaths:
- 1 male 70s
- 2 females 90s
The most recent deaths reported by the County are two (see bar graph below).
Consider that now the Health department’s Covid-19 dashboard says 133 have died. Another six are listed as “probable.”
Here is the bar chart that shows deaths through November 15th:
It shows at least one person died since every day since November 7th with seven over the three-day November period of 12, 14 and 15. (The dates can be found by clicking on the blue lines on the dashboard.)
The bar chart showing deaths throught November 18th is below:
When one looks at the chart on the dashboard and clicks on the lines, one sees that two people over 99 have died.
One of those is recent, but whether male or female and actual age cannot be determined from the information the Health Department provides.
The seven-day average infection rate is higher than a week ago.
Here is the chart from through November 15th:
And here is the same graph through November 9, 2020:
Nowhere is there a graph showing the rates since this metric was first shown.
The proportion of available hospital beds locally has decreased.
Below are is the information reported as of yesterday, November 18, 2020:
Compare that 27.3% with those available on November 9th. The percentage of available beds is still above the recommend 20%, the availability is decreasing.
Intensive Care Unit bed vacancies has also decreased, as one can see by comparing the 50.7% figure on November 9th above to the 56.7% available on November 18th.
Finally, let’s take a look at the test results that Governor JB Pritzker concentrates on.
This bard graph shows the results reported to labs since the beginning of the pandemic: