Evanston health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from 17 yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll increased by one today to 115.

Statewide there were 3,739 new cases, compared to 3,790 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 154,201 people were vaccinated yesterday, a one day record. The seven day average is up slightly from a week ago.

A total of 6.71 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 76% of the total 8.64 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 29.18% 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 34 yesterday up from 28 the day before, but the seven day average of deaths is down from a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 1,390 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,153 yesterday. The IDPH found 23 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 1.5%. The seven-day positive rate here is now half what it was a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,532 cases. The city’s tally is 4,302.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a man in his 30s, a woman in her 40s, two women and one man in their 50s, a woman and five men in their 60s, four women and one man in their 70s, three women and five men in their 80s and two men in their 90s.

As of last night, 1,798 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 351 patients were in the ICU and 151 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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