New cases of COVID-19 reported to the Evanston Health Department increased by nearly 51% this week as cases soared at the high school and at Northwestern University.

The seven-day average of daily cases rose to 27.1 Friday from from 18.0 a week ago.

In all, 190 new COVID cases were reported in the past seven days in Evanston. That’s the highest level since last December.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office reported one more COVID-19 related deaths in Evanston this week, although that case has not yet shown up in the city Health Department’s tally, which stands at 125.

A 67-year-old woman who lived at 1900 Sherman Ave. and who also had other serious medical conditions died on Wednesday.

Illinois reported a 1% decrease in the seven-day average of daily cases to 7,095 Friday from 7,168 a week ago.

School District 65 reported 34 new cases this week compared to 33 the week before, along with a dramatic increase in the number of students quarantined because of exposure to the disease.

At Evanston Township High School saw 21 mew cases among students this week, compared to eight the previous week.

Northwestern University reported 72 new cases among students this week as of Thursday, compared to 38 a week earlier.

The city says 99.5% of Evanston residents 65 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, up from 99.4% last week, as are 81.4% of all residents five and older, up from 78.9% last week. Those numbers don’t reflect booster shots.

Here are charts with the latest data on the pandemic.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.