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Seven new COVID cases here, Illinois lags in vaccinations

Only four states have vaccinated a lower percentage of their residents than Illinois, but case counts and positive test results are declining.

Evanston health officials reported seven new COVID-19 cases today, down from 13 yesterday. The city’s COVID death toll remained unchanged today at 108.

Statewide there were 3,328 new cases today, compared to 3,314 yesterday, for a new total of 1,137,559.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 62,318 people were vaccinated yesterday, compared to 65,166 the day before.

A total of 1,156,452 vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 53% of the total 2,125,650 doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 1.91% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

The Washington Post today reported that 6.8% of Illinois residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The newspaper says only four states and a few U.S. territories have vaccinated a lower percentage of their populations. The nationwide average is 8.3%.

Illinois reported 69 COVID-19 deaths today, the same as yesterday, for a new total of 19,444.

The state reported 101,307 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 96,894 yesterday.

The IDPH reported tests of 1,754 Evanston residents today, compared to 602 yesterday. The IDPH found 14 positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 0.8%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,772 cases. The city’s case count is 3,648.

Chicago reported 477 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 236,416 and 17 more deaths for a total of 4,683.

Suburban Cook County reported 564 new cases today for a total of 220,869 and three more deaths for a total of 4,263.

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

As of last night, 2,341 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 513 patients were in the ICU and 265 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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