Evanston health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from 15 yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll has remained unchanged at 116 for over two weeks.

Statewide there were 2,685 new cases, compared to 2,907 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 74.461 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is down from a week ago.

A total of 8.81 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 80% of the total 10.91 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 29.59% of state residents are now fully vaccinated. The vaccination rate is 30.77% in suburban Cook County.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois totaled 24 today, down from 25 the day before. The seven day average of deaths is up slightly from a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 1,002 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,631 yesterday. The IDPH found 15 positive cases here today. The seven-day positive rate here is up slightly from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,731 cases. The city’s tally is 4,467.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a woman in her 20s, two women and four men in their 50s, two men in their 60s, two women and a man in their 70s, a woman and a man in their 80s and two women in their 90s.

As of last night, 2,032 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19 a decrease from the day before. Of those, 477 patients were in the ICU and 247 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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