Evanston health officials reported 12 new COVID-19 cases today, up from five yesterday. The city’s COVID death toll increased by one today to 106.

Statewide there were 4,156 new cases today, compared to 4,191 yesterday, for a new total of 1,120,528.

Vaccine supplies continue to be inadequate to meet the demand for shots, but the pace of vaccinations increased for a third day.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 58,357 people were vaccinated yesterday, compared to 55,865 the day before. A total of 887,844 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 49% of the total 1,800,575 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 1.51% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

The state reported 71 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 103 yesterday, for a new total of 19,138.

The state reported 111,057 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 100,119 yesterday.

The IDPH reported tests of 2,939 Evanston residents today, compared to 673 yesterday. It’s the second highest one-day text count here of the pandemic. The IDPH found 15 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 0.5%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,706 cases. The city’s case count stands at 3,594.

Chicago reported 675 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 233,562 and eight more deaths, for a total of 4,609.

Suburban Cook County reported 790 new cases today for a total of 218,019 and eight more deaths for a total of 4,210.

The IDPH reported that the deaths in Cook County included a woman in four men in their 50s, six women and nine men in their 60s, three women and eight men in their 70s, five women and seven men in their 80s and two women and two men in their 90s.

As of last night, 2,802 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 567 patients were in the ICU and 292 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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