Preckwinkle Launches COVID-19 Dashboard
April 17, 2020
Yesterday, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle unveiled the Cook County Medical Examiner COVID-19 Dashboard and interactive Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) Map. The COVID-19 Dashboard provides direct, transparent access to critical information about coronavirus deaths in the County for public health agencies, medical professionals, first responders, journalists, policymakers and residents. The SVI Map is an interactive way to share information with first responders, public health officials and the public about which communities in Cook County will likely need the most support during a catastrophic event such as a pandemic.
According to a press release, the COVID-19 dashboard, updated twice a day, shows users which areas of the county are hardest hit by the pandemic. Dashboard visitors can also pinpoint neighborhoods that may be experiencing surge and see the number and dates of death in those areas. Data gathered by the County’s Medical Examiner’s Office shows that African Americans account for half of all COVID-19 deaths in Cook County. In Chicago, African Americans make up more than 60% of all COVID-19 deaths.