Evanston health officials reported 23 new COVID-19 cases in the city today, compared to one yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll increased by one today to 112.

Statewide cases rose today compared to yesterday, but the seven-day average is slightly below where it was a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that vaccinations increased yesterday from the day before and the seven day average is up from the level of a week ago.

A total of 2,817,891 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 78% of the total 3,630,085 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 6.8% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Cook County, including Chicago, is only in the middle of the pack among Illinois counties in the share of residents vaccinated so far.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois rose today, but the seven day average declined from a week ago.

The number of COVID-19 tests reported increased today, and the seven-day test average is higher than a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 217 Evanston residents today, compared to 313 yesterday. The IDPH found one positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 0.5%, but the seven-day positive rate is up from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,076 cases. The city’s tally is 3,944.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include two teenagers, two men in their 50s, two men in their 60s, four women and eight men in their 70s, two women and four men in their 80s and four women and three men in their 90s.

As of last night, 1,231 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 281 patients were in the ICU and 148 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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