Evanston health officials reported 17 new COVID-19 cases today, the same number as yesterday. And the city reported two more COVID deaths, raising the total to 110.

Statewide there were 2,838 new cases today, compared to 2,825 yesterday, for a new total of 1,155,833.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 69,029 people were vaccinated yesterday, compared to 62,923 the day before.

A total of 1,549,107 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 65% of the total 2,385,950 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 2.72% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Nationwide, the Washington Post reports the 3.5% of the population has been fully vaccinated. It says Illinois now ranks 34th among the states in the percentage of people who’ve been vaccinated.

Illinois reported 105 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 50 yesterday, for a new total of 119,841.

The state reported 96,525 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 82,885 yesterday.

The IDPH reported tests of 547 Evanston residents today, compared to 408 yesterday. The IDPH found 23 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 4.2%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,874 cases. The city’s case count is 3,739.

Chicago reported 575 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 239,490 and 25 more deaths for a total of 4,757.

Suburban Cook County reported 339 new cases today for a total of 224,091 and 29 more deaths for a total of 4,343.

The IDPH reported that the deaths in Cook County included a man in his 30s, a woman and a man in their 40s, a woman and four men in their 50s, six women and six men in their 60s, seven women and seven men in their 70s, seven women and seven men in their 80s and four women and two men in their 90s.

As of last night, 1,954 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 448 patients were in the ICU and 227 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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