Gov. J.B. Pritzker at the opening of the Tinley Park Convention Center vaccination site today.

Evanston health officials reported 15 new COVID-19 cases today, down from 20 yesterday. The city’s COVID death toll remained unchanged today at 104.

Statewide there were 2,944 new cases today, compared to 3,528 yesterday, for a new total of 1,104,763.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were on hand today for the opening of what’s described as a large scale vaccination site at the Tinley Park Convention Center.

So far the Tinley Park site is only available for persons in the Phase 1a and Phase 1b priority groups — persons age 65 and over and essential workers. Appointments can be scheduled at

It’s unclear whether Evanston residents will be able to be vaccinated through the Cook County facilities, because the city has its own health department. More information about the city’s vaccination program is available online with an update from the mayor here.

County officials estimate 600,000 suburban Cook residents are eligible for Phase 1b, but they say there currently is not an adequate vaccine supply to vaccinate everyone.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that a total of 692,762 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 42% of the total 1,662,775 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 1.19% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

The state reported 48 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 39 yesterday, for a new total of 18,798.

The state reported 74,202 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 90,138 yesterday.

The IDPH reported tests of 1,499 Evanston residents today, compared to 2,148 yesterday. The IDPH found 11 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 0.7%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,641 cases. The city’s case count stands at 3,543.

Chicago reported 529 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 230,932 and seven more deaths, for a total of 4,566.

Suburban Cook County reported 579 new cases today for a total of 215,103 and 11 more deaths for a total of 4,158.

The IDPH reported that the deaths in Cook County included a man in his 40s, a two men in their 50s, three women and two men in their 60s, two women in their 70s, two women and two men in their 80s and one woman and three men in their 90s.

As of last night, 2,962 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 601 patients were in the ICU and 302 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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