Evanston health officials reported nine new COVID-19 cases today, an increase of one from yesterday. The city’s COVID death toll remained unchanged today at 104

Statewide there were 4,979 new cases today, compared to 4,822 yesterday, for a new total of 1,086,333.

NorthShore University Health System announced today that it plans to contact its patients 65 years of age and older by email in the next week with information about steps to prepare to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

The Evanston Health Department is continuing to encourage residents to complete a vaccination contact form on the city website

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that a total of 572,389 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 40% of the total 1,425,075 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 0.95% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

The state reported 122 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 107 yesterday, for a new total of 18,520.

The state reported 99,036 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 86,121 yesterday.

The IDPH reported tests of 624 Evanston residents today, compared to 641 yesterday. The IDPH found eight positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 1.3%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,574 cases. The city’s case count stands at 3,485.

Chicago reported 743 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 227,599 and 21 more deaths, for a total of 4,497.

Suburban Cook County reported 910 new cases today for a total of 211,519 and 24 more deaths for a total of 4,118.

The IDPH reported that the deaths in Cook County included a man in his 50s, two women and eight men in their 60s, three women and nine men men in their 70s, nine women and four men in their 80s, five women and four men in their 90s and one woman over 100 years old.

As of last night, 3,281 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 662 patients were in the ICU and 358 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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