Evanston health officials reported 17 new COVID-19 cases today, up from 15 yesterday. The city’s COVID death toll remained unchanged today at 108.

Statewide there were 2,825 new cases today, compared to 2,082 yesterday, for a new total of 1,152,995.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 62,923 people were vaccinated yesterday, compared to 58,189 the day before.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today announced that the state plans to expand Phase 1B eligibility on Feb. 25 to include people who have comorbidities and underlying conditions as defined by the CDC. In addition, Illinois will also prioritize individuals with disabilities.

Pritzker said the Biden administration has increased the vaccine supply by nearly 30%, including a 5% increase this week.

A total of 1,480,078 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 69% of the total 2,152,425 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 2.57% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Nationwide, the Washington Post reports the 3.3% of the population has been fully vaccinated. It says Illinois now ranks 34th among the states in the percentageo population who’ve been vaccinated.

Illinois reported 50 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 18 yesterday, for a new total of 19,736.

The state reported 82,885 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 55,705 yesterday.

The IDPH reported tests of 408 Evanston residents today, compared to 194 yesterday. The IDPH found 12 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 2.9%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,851 cases. The city’s case count is 3,722.

Chicago reported 398 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 238,915 and nine more deaths for a total of 4,732.

Suburban Cook County reported 512 new cases today for a total of 223,752 and seven more deaths for a total of 4,314.

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

As of last night, 2,082 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 464 patients were in the ICU and 232 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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