Evanston health officials reported eight new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from seven yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll has remained unchanged for more than two-and-a-half weeks at 114.

Statewide there were 1,220 new cases, compared to 1,431 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 41,343 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is down from the level of a week ago.

A total of 4.75 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 82% of the total 5.8 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 13.90% 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 were unchanged from yesterday, but the seven day average is down from a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 790 Evanston residents today, compared to 923 yesterday. The IDPH found four positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 0.5%. The seven-day positive rate is down from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,257 cases. The city’s tally is 4,073.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a woman in her 50s, a man in his 60s, two women and one man in their 70s, two women and five men in their 80s and one woman and three men in their 90s.

As of last night, 1,182 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 233 patients were in the ICU and 98 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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