Evanston health officials reported 15 new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from seven yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 116.

Statewide there were 3,193 new cases, compared to 3,353 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 100,729 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is up from a week ago.

A total of 7.34 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 78% of the total 9.34 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 23.18% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Cook County, including Chicago, is in the middle of the pack among counties in Illinois in the share of residents vaccinated.

Evanston’s health department today joined most others across the country in pausing administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine “out of an abundance of caution” following reports of six cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals who have received that vaccine out of nearly seven million doses given.

The city says it has not used the J&J vaccine at its community point of dispensing events and has given fewer than two dozen doses of it as part of its vaccination program for homebound individuals.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois totaled 17 today down from 18 the day before, and the seven day average of deaths is up from a week ago.

The number of COVID-19 tests reported rose today, and the seven-day test average is up from a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 196 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,344 yesterday. The IDPH found 17 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 8.7%. The seven-day positive rate here is down from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,596 cases. The city’s tally is 4,353.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a man in his 60s, a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s and a woman and a man in their 90s.

As of last night, 2,028 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 466 patients were in the ICU and 185 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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