Evanston health officials reported 14 new COVID-19 cases in the city today and one additional death, raising the death count from the pandemic to 117.

It was the highest number of new cases here in nearly two weeks and the first new death in more than three weeks and came as Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans to further relax pandemic restrictions next week.

Statewide there were 1,778 new cases, compared to 2,410 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 99,599 people were vaccinated yesterday. But the seven day vaccination average is down by 24% from a week ago.

A total of 9.65 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 78% of the total 12.25 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 33.61% of state residents are now fully vaccinated. The vaccination rate is 35.24% in suburban Cook County.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois totaled 40 today, up from 30 the day before. The seven day average of deaths is up from a week ago.

The number of COVID-19 tests reported rose today, but the seven-day test count average is down slightly from a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 1,677 Evanston residents today, compared to 345 yesterday. The IDPH found four positive cases here today. The seven-day positive rate here is down from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,842 cases. The city’s tally, is 4,565.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a woman and a man in their 60s, three woman and two men in their 80s, two women in their 80s and a woman and a man in their 90s.

As of last night, 2.055 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19, down slightly from the day before. Of those, 483 patients were in the ICU and 243 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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