Evanston health officials reported five new COVID-19 cases today, down from 11 yesterday. The city’s COVID death toll remained unchanged at 106.

Statewide there were 2,312 new cases today, compared to 3,497 yesterday, for a new total of 1,128,613.

State officials say that if mitigation metrics continue to improve, Region 10, which is suburban Cook County, will move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan Tuesday. That would ease a variety of current restrictions. The City of Chicago moved into Phase 4 on Sunday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 14,422 people were vaccinated yesterday, compared to 36,851 the day before. A total of 996,409 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 54% of the total 1,829,575 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 1.72% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

The state reported 16 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 40 yesterday, for a new total of 19,259.

The state reported 61,263 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 86,871 yesterday.

The IDPH reported tests of 1,523 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,927 yesterday. The IDPH found three positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 0.2%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,740 cases. The city’s case count is 3,622.

Chicago reported 408 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 235,042 and its death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.

Suburban Cook County reported 443 new cases today for a total of 219,443 and 13 more deaths for a total of 4,244.

The IDPH reported that the deaths in Cook County included a man in his 40s, two men in their 50s, two men in their 60s, a man and a woman in their 70s, a woman and two men in their 80s and three men in their 90s.

As of last night, 2,387 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 515 patients were in the ICU and 278 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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