Evanston health officials reported 40 new COVID-19 cases today, up from four yesterday. The city’s COVID-19 death toll increased for the first time in two weeks — adding one more death for a total of 111.

A city spokesman said the high number of cases reported here today is the result of “a reporting delay rom one of the labs” and that some of the newly reported cases date back as far as December.

Statewide there were 1,884 new cases today, compared to 2,022 yesterday, for a new total of 1,181,226.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 130,021 people were vaccinated yesterday, compared to 55,947 the day before. The seven-day average of daily vaccinations increased to 66,274.

A total of 2,440,950 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 78% of the total 3,138,545 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 5.27% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Illinois reported 32 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 44 yesterday, for a new total of 20,406.

The state reported 91,292 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 82,976 yesterday.

The IDPH reported tests of 521 Evanston residents today, compared to 465 yesterday. The IDPH found 12 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 2.3%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,011 cases. The city’s case count is 3,888.

Chicago reported 231 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 243,483 and nine more deaths for a total of 4,859.

Suburban Cook County reported 290 new cases today for a total of 228,723 and one more death for a total of 4,458.

The IDPH reported that the deaths in Cook County included a man in his 20s, a man in his 50s, two men in their 60s, four men in their 70s, two women their 80s.

As of last night, 1,463 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 334 patients were in the ICU and 168 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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