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COVID positive rates still heading in wrong direction

Fourteen new COVID cases in Evanston today. City's seven-day positive rate has more than doubled from a week ago.

Evanston health officials reported 14 new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from 10 yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll has remained unchanged for more than three weeks at 114.

Statewide there were 2,678 new cases, compared to 3,002 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 136,593 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is little changed from the level of a week ago.

A total of 5.42 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 79% of the total 6.7 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 15.83% 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 declined yesterday, and the seven day average is down from a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 948 Evanston residents today, compared to 345 yesterday. The IDPH found 12 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 1.3%. The seven-day positive rate is more than double what it was a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,325 cases. The city’s tally is 4,123.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a woman and a man in their 60s, a woman and two men in their 70s and a man in his 80s.

As of last night, 1,335 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 264 patients were in the ICU and 115 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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