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13 new COVID cases here, 4,342 statewide

As COVID-19 positive rates continued to rise across much of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, at a news conference this afternoon, discussed plans for distributing vaccines -- once they become available.

Evanston health officials reported 13 new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents today. Statewide there were 4,342 new cases.

The positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 6.2%, up from 5.2% a week ago.

Evanston’s seven-day positive rate is now 2.2%, up from 1.4% a week ago.

The seven-day positive rate statewide is now 5.7%, up from 4.6% a week ago.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state is planning a phased rollout of vaccinations for the coronavirus, but stressed that with no vaccines yet approved for distribution, all the plans are very much subject to change.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 66,791 tests today, up from Tuesday’s 59,077.

The IDPH reported tests of 443 Evanston residents today. It found 14 positive cases.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,315 cases.

The city now says Evanston has had a total of 1,318 cases. The city’s death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged today at 74.

Here are the latest seven-day positive rates for some other communities:

  • Chicago 6.2%, up from 4.4% a week ago.
  • Skokie 4.5%, up from 2.7% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 3.9%, down from 4.8% a week ago.

Chicago reported 806 new cases today for a total of 91,406. Its coronavirus death toll increased by six today to 3,025.

Suburban Cook County reported 776 more cases today for a total of 76,733 and seven more deaths for a total of 2,357.

Those who died in Cook County today included two men and two women in their 60s, two men in their 70s, three women and a man in their 80s and two men and a woman in their 90s.

The state now has 355,217 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 68 more deaths today for a total of 9,345.

As of last night, 2,338 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 502 patients were in the ICU and 194 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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