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Six new COVID cases here, 3,536 across Illinois

Positive test rate declines in Evanston, levels off elsewhere. Pace of vaccinations increases, but hospitalizations also rise.

Evanston health officials reported six new COVID-19 cases in the city today, down from 15 yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 116.

Statewide there were 3,536 new cases, compared to 3,193 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 138,538 people were vaccinated yesterday. The seven day average is up from a week ago.

A total of 7.48 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 79% of the total 9.39 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 23.77% of the state’s population is now fully vaccinated.

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

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois totaled 30 today up from 17 the day before, and the seven day average of deaths is up from a week ago.

The number of COVID-19 tests reported rose today, and the seven-day test average is up from a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 547 Evanston residents today, compared to 196 yesterday. The IDPH found six positive cases here for a daily positive rate of 1.1%. The seven-day positive rate here is down from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,602 cases. The city’s tally is 4,359.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a woman in her 20s, a woman in her 30s, a woman in her 50s, three men in their 60s, a woman and four men in their 70s, and two women and three men in their 80s.

As of last night, 2,076 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 453 patients were in the ICU and 198 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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