Evanston health officials reported 16 new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from nine yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll has remained unchanged for over a month at 114.

Statewide there were 2,931 new cases, compared to 2,102 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 95,188 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is up slightly from a week ago.

A total of 6.31 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 78% of the total 8.06 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 19.03% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Cook County, including Chicago, is moving up among counties in Illinois in the share of residents vaccinated so far.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois totaled 11 yesterday the same as the day before, and the seven day average of deaths is down from a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 247 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,304 yesterday. The IDPH found 22 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 8.9%. The seven-day positive rate here is slightly lower than it was a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,490 cases. The city’s tally is 4,267.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include two men in their 40s and a man in his 70s.

As of last night, 1,648 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 357 patients were in the ICU and 143 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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