New cases of COVID-19 reported to the Evanston Health Department more than doubled this week. The seven-day average of daily cases rose to 18.0 Friday from from 8.3 a week ago.

In all 126 new COVID cases were reported in the past seven days, a 117% increase from the prior week.

Illinois reported a 49% increase in the seven-day average of daily cases to 6,080 Friday from from 4,083 a week ago.

School District 65 showed a dramatic increase in cases after students returned to classes from the week-long Thanksgiving break. With some schools still not reporting as of 7:30 p.m. Friday the district listed 20 students with new COVID cases, compared to 11 on Friday, Nov. 19, before the break began.

At Evanston Township High School saw eight new cases among students as of Friday, compared to no cases on Tuesday, Nov. 23, before its holiday break began.

Total new cases at Northwestern University nearly doubled to 60 as of Thursday, compared to 31 a week earlier.

The COVID death toll in Evanston reported by the Health Department increased to 125 this week from 121 a week ago. Those four deaths were spread across the month of November and were delayed in being reported by the Health Department.

The city says 99.4% of Evanston residents 65 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, up from 99.2% last week, as are 78.9% of all residents five and older, up from 78.2% last week. Those numbers don’t reflect booster shots.

Here are charts with the latest data on the pandemic.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.