Evanston health officials reported nine new COVID-19 cases in the city today, compared to 23 yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll remained unchanged today at 112.

Statewide cases rose today compared to yesterday, but the seven-day average is slightly below where it was a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that vaccinations increased yesterday from the day before and the seven day average is up from the level of a week ago.

A total of 2,900,341 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 76% of the total 3,836,625 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 7.1% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

Cook County, including Chicago, is only in the middle of the pack among Illinois counties in the share of residents vaccinated so far.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois fell slightly today, but the seven day average declined from a week ago.

The number of COVID-19 tests reported increased today, and the seven-day test average is higher than a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 335 Evanston residents today, compared to 2172 yesterday. The IDPH found 22 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 6.6%, and the seven-day positive rate is up from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,099 cases. The city’s tally is 3,953.

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

As of last night, 1,260 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 275 patients were in the ICU and 138 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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