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Nine new COVID cases here and one more death

Seven-day positive rate in Evanston now 0.9%. Chicago region also sees declining positive rates. Vaccine distribution still greatly lags demand.

Evanston health officials reported nine new COVID-19 cases today, down from 15 yesterday. The city’s COVID death toll increased by one today to 105.

Statewide there were 3,667 new cases today, compared to 2,944 yesterday, for a new total of 1,108,430.

The state has a new vaccination location search tool on its coronavirus website. The only site listed in Evanston is the city’s health department, but the state lists 15 other locations within 10 miles of the city, most at Walgreens drug stores.

Vaccine supplies continue to be inadequate to meet the demand for shots and the pace of vaccinations has not improved.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that a total of 719,994 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 41% of the total 1,754,675 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 1.23% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

The state reported 85 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 48 yesterday, for a new total of 18,883.

The state reported 69,285 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 74,202 yesterday.

The IDPH reported tests of 259 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,499 yesterday. The IDPH found 13 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 5.0%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,654 cases. The city’s case count stands at 3,552.

Chicago reported 514 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 231,446 and no more deaths, for a total of 4,566.

Suburban Cook County reported 746 new cases today for a total of 215,849 and 10 more deaths for a total of 4,168.

The IDPH reported that the deaths in Cook County included two men in their 40s, a woman in her 50s, a man in his 60s, a man and a woman their 70s, a woman and two men in their 80s and one woman and one man in their 90s.

As of last night, 3,001 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 608 patients were in the ICU and 320 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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