Coronavirus claims 21st life in Champaign County

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A University coronavirus testing site worker organizes vials at the Illini Union testing location on Wednesday morning. Twenty-one people have now died from COVID-19 in Champaign County.

A University coronavirus testing site worker organizes vials at the Illini Union testing location on Wednesday morning. Twenty-one people have now died from COVID-19 in Champaign County.

By Ethan Simmons, News Editor

Another person in Champaign County died from coronavirus-related complications on Tuesday, the Champaign Public Health District confirmed.

The 21st person to die from the virus in Champaign County was a woman in her 80s with underlying health conditions, CUPHD Administrator Julie Pryde said.

The woman was hospitalized at the time of her death, Pryde said. The last COVID-19 death in the county occurred over a month ago, on Aug. 20.

On Wednesday, CUPHD confirmed another 46 cases of COVID-19 in the county, with 40 new recoveries. With the recent death, county hospitalizations are down to seven.

Champaign County also conducted another 11,434 tests, bringing the test total up to 526,539.

As of Wednesday, 4,737 people in Champaign County have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Of them, 4,355 are considered recovered by CUPHD, and 361 are active.

ZIP code 61820 is still Champaign County’s biggest contributor to the pandemic, with 2,244 confirmed cases there, 218 of them active.

The ZIP code 61820 encapsulates the area within I-74 on the north, Prospect Avenue on the west, Windsor Road on the south and Wright Street on the east, covering most of Campustown.

The same ZIP code leads Champaign County in total tests with 231,284.

The ZIP code with the next highest number of active cases is 61801, in Urbana, with 34.

Two-thirds of all county tests have been done on people between the ages of 10 and 30 years old.

In total, 1,894 confirmed cases have been from people between the ages of 10 and 20, while another 1,298 confirmed cases have been between 20 and 30 years old.

CUPHD reports breakdowns of cases and tests by race. According to their webpage, 64% of people who’ve tested positive in the county are white, 15% are African American, 6% are Asian, 15% are “Other” and 1% are unknown.

By ethnicity, 16% of people who’ve tested positive identify as Hispanic, but only 3.6% of the tested population is Hispanic.

Other cases to tests disparities exist in racial demographics. Asian people represent 6% of cases despite getting 18.7% of tests, while African Americans comprise 15% of cases in the county while only receiving 8.1% of tests.

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