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COVID cases rise here and across state

Despite continuing vaccine rollout, daily COVID-19 case count grows. Seven-day positive rate increases sharply in some nearby communities.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker got a shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine today, now that vaccine eligibility has been expanded to include state workers.

Evanston health officials reported 11 new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from eight yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll has remained unchanged for three weeks at 114.

Statewide there were 2,793 new cases, compared to 1,832 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 107,219 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is down slightly from the level of a week ago.

The state also adjusted the vaccination numbers upwards for many previous days, adding 111,048 shots to the overall total that way.

In a news release, the IDPH said those doses had not previously been uploaded to the system because the records included only partial information about recipients.

A total of 5.04 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 79% of the total 6.3 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 14.84% 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 increased yesterday, but the seven day average is down from a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 488 Evanston residents today, compared to 189 yesterday. The IDPH found 17 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 3.5%. The seven-day positive rate is up from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,288 cases. The city’s tally is 4,092.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a woman in her 60s and a woman and a man in their 80s.

As of last night, 1,261 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 269 patients were in the ICU and 130 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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