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New COVID cases here up 20% from last week’s pace

The rate of increase in new cases also was up in Cook County and across Illinois.

COVID-19 cases in Evanston over the past seven days have jumped 20% from the week earlier period — increasing from 59 to 71.

The seven-day average of daily cases rose from 8.4 to 10.1.

Cook County reported a 25% increase in daily cases from a week ago, from a seven day average of 3,229 per day to 4,040 per day.

Cases reported among students at School District 65 rose from five to 13, and the number of D65 students in quarantine rose from 32 to 59.

At Evanston Township High School there were three new cases among students this week, up from two last week. The number of students quarantined fell from five to three.

Total new cases at Northwestern University increased from 30 to 40.

The COVID death toll in Evanston remained unchanged this week at 121. The most recent death of an Evanston resident from COVID was reported over two months ago, on Sept. 14.

The city says 98.9% of Evanston residents 65 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, up from 97.9% last week, as are 77.8% of all residents five and older, up from 76.8% last week. Those numbers don’t reflect booster shots.

In a statement issued Friday afternoon, Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss noted that the number of residents hospitalized with COVID symptoms has declined dramatically compared to a year ago — from 180 to 33.

He reminded residents that masks continue to be required in all indoor public settings across the state, and said that with cases and hospitalizations currently increasing, it’s likely the mask mandate will be in place at least through the holiday season.

Here are charts with the latest data on the pandemic.









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