Evanston health officials reported a record high 67 new COVID-19 cases today, up from 23 reported yesterday. The city’s death toll remained unchanged today at 91.

The previous high single day count of coronavirus cases in the city, 63, was recorded on Dec. 12.

Statewide there were 8,828 new cases today, compared to 7,123 yesterday, for a new total of 879,428.

The state reported 180 deaths today, compared to 146 yesterday, for a new total of 14,835.

The state reported 92,015 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 93,278 yesterday.

NorthShore University HealthSystem officials reported that they received a first shipment — 1,950 doses — of the Pfizer vaccine this morning at Glenbrook Hospital and that the first immunizations of workers there are expected to begin Friday.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, at his news conference this afternoon, again discussed the delivery of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to hospitals in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 825 Evanston residents today, compared to 664 yesterday. It found 49 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 5.9%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,884 cases, while Evanston’s health department counts 2,846 cases.

Chicago reported 1,829 new cases today for a total of 190,118. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 26 today to 3,858.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,315 more cases today for a total of 173,143 and 41 more deaths for a total of 3,377.

Those who died in Cook County today included one man in his 20s, three men in their 40s, six men in their 50s, three women and five men in their 60s, 10 women and 18 men in their 70s, five women and six men in their 80s, five woman and four men in their 90s and own woman over 100 years old.

As of last night, 4,751 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,056 patients were in the ICU and 575 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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