Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago health officials announced Wednesday that data suggests Chicago is “flattening the curve” in its fight to stop the spread of coronavirus in city.
The data shows the city has seen a slowdown in the rate of new cases, with the number of cases doubling every twelve days currently, as opposed to doubling every two to three days one month ago.
“Thanks to our citywide efforts to stay home and socially isolate, we have made important progress in flattening the curve and stemming the spread of COVID-19 in Chicago,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “However, as encouraging as these numbers are, the light at the end of the tunnel is only a pinprick and we will need continued diligence and social compliance before we can bend the curve and outrun this crisis. That’s why it is imperative we continue to be safe and act responsibly, as it is truly a matter of life and death.”
The data also shows compliance with social distancing has led to fewer deaths, with 9,666 cases and 347 deaths. Without social distancing compliance, officials said Chicago could have seen as many as 2,000 deaths and 62,000 cases.
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