Evanston health officials reported six new COVID-19 cases in the city for the second day in a row today. The death toll in the city remained unchanged at 117.

Statewide there were 1,741 new cases, compared to 1,729 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 80,843 people were vaccinated yesterday, nearly double the number of Saturday vaccinations a week earlier. But the seven day vaccination average is down by 6% from a week ago.

A total of 9.91 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 79% of the total 12.46 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 35.05% of state residents are now fully vaccinated. The vaccination rate is 36.96% in suburban Cook County.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois totaled 30 today, up from 22 the day before. The seven day average of deaths stands at 29.1, up from 27.6 a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 853 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,023 yesterday. The IDPH found 11 positive cases here today. The seven-day positive rate here is down from a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 4,868 cases. The city’s tally is 4,579.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include two men in their 50s, one woman and two men in their 60s, two men in their 70s and two women and two men in their 80s.

As of last night, 1,870 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19, down by 77 from the day before. Of those, 452 patients were in the ICU and 232 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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