Evanston health officials reported nine new COVID-19 cases in the city today, down from 18 yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll remained unchanged today at 115.

Statewide there were 4,004 new cases, compared to 3,739 yesterday. It was the highest one-day case count in Illinois since January.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 154,462 people were vaccinated yesterday, the second one-day record in a row. The seven day average is up from a week ago.

A total of 6.87 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 77% of the total 8.84 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 20.92% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Cook County, including Chicago, is moving up among counties in Illinois in the share of residents vaccinated so far.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois totaled 19 yesterday down from 34 the day before, and the seven day average of deaths is down from a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 1,452 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,542 yesterday. The IDPH found 14 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 1.3%. The seven-day positive rate here is down substantially from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,546 cases. The city’s tally is 4,311.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a man in his 50s, three women and one man in their 70s and a woman in her 90s.

As of last night, 1,808 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 369 patients were in the ICU and 163 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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