Count Me In Chicago Campaign 

African Americans comprise more than 70% of COVID-19 deaths in Chicago

Infinity Studios Count Me In Chicago Campaign

To Help Combat Covid-19 In the Black Community

Through empirical data, it has become apparent that social distancing is a highly impactful and viable strategy to help reduce the infection rate of the Covid-19 virus.  There have been a number of sources putting out messages that say we all should practice social distancing, yet it is evident that many aren’t adhering to this advice.


In an effort to help combat the spread of this deadly virus, Infinity Studios and Sound Stages has launched a campaign to deliver social distancing messages to Chicago's African-American community using valued and trusted sources.


We are inviting community leaders, pastors, elected officials and other influencers to join our campaign by recording either a :30 or :60 message urging people to shelter-in-place to save lives.


If you are a community leader, pastor or elected official and would like to participate and support this effort, there are two methods that can be used to video tape your message.


1. You can use resources at your disposal like a recording studio at your facility or your mobile devise, or

2. You can video tape your message at Infinity Studios where we have a stage and recording system that could video tape you.  You would drive into an area outside of the studio and walk to the stage where you would be recorded and then drive away once done.  This area is highly sanitized and there would be minimal contact with our technical staff.


Your message would be integrated with other messages and delivered to local networks who will be asked to help get the word out to the black community who comprise the largest population of Covid-19 deaths.  The messages will also be delivered through social media.


If you agree to support this effort, you can either forward your message through email or dropbox.  If you want to schedule to come into our facility, give us a call at 312-833-3283.   We are planning to have the campaign ready to execute by April 13th.


If we can count you in on this effort, please give us a call to discuss how you can join in or contact us via email.

Update on the virus impact in Chicago

Last updated April 7, 2020 z

There have been 5,511 cases of COVID-19 identified in Chicago residents so far and 13,549 in Illinois. As this outbreak has spread globally, CDPH is tracking it closely and is using data to guide its response.

Testing for COVID-19

There is no treatment or cure for COVID-19. For most people, the illness is generally mild and can be safely managed at home. Testing is only indicated for individuals who are at risk of serious illness, like people over 60 or with underlying medical conditions. It’s important that we follow these testing guidelines to protect healthcare workers and avoid spreading the virus in our communities. Everyone, regardless of whether they have symptoms, should practice social distancing and good hand hygiene.

How to determine if you need testing

Question 1: Are you having symptoms like fever, cough, or difficulty breathing?

  • If YES: Please answer Question #2.

  • If NO: Testing is not needed. If you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay home and monitor symptoms for 14 days.

Question 2: Are your symptoms severe?

  • If YES: Call your doctor or 911.

  • If NO: Please answer Question #3.

Question 3: Are you over 60? And/or do you have an underlying medical condition like diabetes, cancer or heart disease?

  • If YES: Contact your doctor to determine if testing is needed.

  • IF NO: Testing is not needed. Stay home for 7 days from symptom onset and 72 hours after fever is gone and symptoms improve (whichever is longer) to avoid getting anyone else sick.

If you have any additional questions please email us at or call 312-746-4835.

UPDATED ON: APRIL 6, 2020 / 8:26 PM / CBS NEWS

African Americans comprise more than 70% of COVID-19 deaths in Chicago

More than half of the people in Chicago who have contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, and over 70% of those who have died are African Americans, health officials and Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday. African Americans make up 30% of the city's population, according to the city's data.

According to data shared by the city on Sunday, 98 people have died from COVID-19 in Chicago. Of those 98 deaths, 67 were African American.

"Fifty-two percent of our cases have been in black Chicagoans, and, most strikingly, 72% of our deaths here in Chicago," Chicago Public Health Department Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, said Monday.

Arwady noted that the elderly continue to be at a higher risk to suffer from COVID-19. She added that fewer than 1 in 5 Chicagoans are over the age of 60 and 1 in 12 residents there, about 8%, are over the age of 70.

"Seventy-one percent of Chicago's COVID-19 deaths have been in people over 60," Arwady said, adding that people with underlying conditions such as chronic lung disease, diabetes and hypertension continue to be most at-risk. 

"Diabetes rates among blacks in Chicago are double the rates of what they are for whites in Chicago," Arwady added

Statistically, men in Chicago are more affected by COVID-19 than women, primarily due to their habits and underlying conditions.

"Men, as compared to women, have higher rates of deaths from chronic disease, are less likely to seek medical help, are more likely to smoke and actually are less likely to wash their hands and to use soap," Arwady said.

Dr. Monica Peek studies health disparities at the University of Chicago Medicine. She told CBS News that African Americans are more likely to have underlying health conditions and still be working.

"When the city puts out orders for people to shelter in place ... the grocery stores are open ... public transit is still open," she said. "And the people that are working in those jobs are primarily or disproportionately racial or ethnic minorities."

Dr. Peek said both race and socioeconomic status contribute to this trend. But since testing hasn't been comprehensive, city health officials say the real problem is likely worse.

Also on Monday, the Chicago mayor and eight of the city's professional sports teams joined forces in urging residents to remain home to stem the coronavirus outbreak.

The Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, along with the WNBA's Sky, MLS' Fire and National Women's Soccer League's Red Stars announced a "We Are Not Playing" campaign. The aim is to promote compliance with the state's stay-at-home order.

The Associated Press said the initiative will kick off with billboards around Chicago and digital and social media advertisements. Player videos will come online in the next phase.

"I am grateful to each of our hometown teams for stepping up and doing their part by joining in this call for every neighborhood and community," Lightfoot said in a statement. "They're not playing, and neither are we. The more we stay home and act responsibly, the more lives we'll save, and the sooner we'll be able to get our city back on track and enjoying the games we love."


Adriana Diaz contributed to this report.