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

Statewide there were 2,380 new cases, compared to 2,325 yesterday. I was the highest one-day case rate in nearly two weeks.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 135,525 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is up from the level of a week ago.

A total of 4.51 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 80% of the total 5.7 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 13.27% 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 fell, and the seven day average is down from a week ago.

The number of COVID-19 tests reported rose today, but the seven-day test average is down slightly from a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 1,706 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,336 yesterday. The IDPH found eight positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 0.5%. The seven-day positive rate is essentially unchanged from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,237 cases. The city’s tally is 4,056.

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

As of last night, 1,132 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 242 patients were in the ICU and 105 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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