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Nine new COVID cases here, 2,102 across Illinois

Holiday leads to dramatic drop in new vaccinations. Positive test rate in Evanston retreats. COVID hospitalizations decline a bit.

Evanston health officials reported nine new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from six yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll has remained unchanged for over a month at 114.

Statewide there were 2,102 new cases, compared to 2,449 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 27,248 people were vaccinated yesterday, down dramatically from the day before. The seven day average is up slightly from a week ago.

A total of 6.22 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 80% of the total 7.78 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 18.69% 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 fell to 11 yesterday from 12 the day before, and the seven day average of deaths is down from a week ago..

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

The IDPH reported tests of 1,304 Evanston residents today, compared to 2,067 yesterday. The IDPH found four positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 0.3%. The seven-day positive rate here is slightly lower than it was a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,468 cases. The city’s tally is 4,251.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include two men in their 30s, a man in his 40s, two men in their 50s, two men in their 60s a woman and four men in their 70s, a woman and a man in their 80s and a woman in her 90s.

As of last night, 1,445 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 314 patients were in the ICU and 129 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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