Evanston health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from six yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll has remained unchanged for nearly four weeks at 114.

Statewide there were 2,404 new cases, compared to 1,761 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 86,812 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is up from a week ago.

A total of 5.66 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 79% of the total 7.1 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 16.56% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Cook County, including Chicago, is only in the middle of the pack in the state in the percentage of residents vaccinated so far.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois rose sharply yesterday, and the seven day average is up from a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 222 Evanston residents today, compared to 602 yesterday. The IDPH found 22 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 9.9%. The seven-day positive rate here is more than double what it was a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,360 cases. The city’s tally is 4,152.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include two men in their 50s, three women and one man in their 60s, one man in his 70s one woman in her 80s and one man in his 90s.

As of last night, 1,396 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 308 patients were in the ICU and 121 of those were on ventilators.

The IDPH today said that because these hospitalization metrics continue to trend upward, the state has not yet met the conditions to move to the Bridge Phase. However, the state is close to meeting the vaccination threshold: 69 percent of seniors 65 and older have now been vaccinated. Health officials continue to urge all residents to mask up, socially distance and wash hands frequently to reduce transmission and bring the metrics back in line to transition to the Bridge Phase.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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