Evanston health officials reported eight new COVID-19 cases in the city today, compared to nine yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll increased by two today to 114.

Statewide cases fell today compared to yesterday, and the seven-day average is slightly below where it was a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that vaccinations increased yesterday from the day before and the seven day average is up from the level of a week ago.

A total of 2,993,542 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 75% of the total 4,007,475 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 7.47% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Cook County, including Chicago, is only in the middle of the pack among Illinois counties in the share of residents vaccinated so far.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois fell slightly today, and the seven day average declined from a week ago.

The number of COVID-19 tests reported declined today, and the seven-day test average is slightly lower than a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 378 Evanston residents today, compared to 335 yesterday. The IDPH found six positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 1.3%. The seven-day positive rate is up from a week ago.

??The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,104 cases. The city’s tally is 3,961.

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

As of last night, 1,2000 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 260 patients were in the ICU and 128 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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