Evanston health officials reported eight new COVID-19 cases in the city today, for the second day in a row. The city’s coronavirus death toll has remained unchanged for nearly three weeks at 114.

Statewide there were 1,832 new cases, compared to 1,220 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 70,252 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is down from the level of a week ago.

A total of 4.82 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 78% of the total 6.2 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 14.09% 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 fell yesterday, and the seven day average is down from a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 189 Evanston residents today, compared to 790 yesterday. The IDPH found 14 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 7.4%. The seven-day positive rate is down from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,271 cases. The city’s tally is 4,081.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include two women and three men in their 60s, two men in their 80s and two women and one man in their 90s.

As of last night, 1,270 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 272 patients were in the ICU and 117 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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