Evanston health officials reported three new COVID-19 cases in the city today, up from two yesterday. The city’s coronavirus death toll has remained unchanged at 116 for over three weeks.

Statewide there were 2,049 new cases, compared to 1,860 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 15,920 people were vaccinated yesterday. That’s the lowest daily vaccination count since Sunday, Jan. 24. The seven day vaccination average is down by 26% from a week ago.

A total of 9.41 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 79% of the total 11.80 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 32.33% of state residents are now fully vaccinated. The vaccination rate is 33.87% in suburban Cook County.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois totaled 28 today, up from 27 the day before. The seven day average of deaths is up from a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 1,460 Evanston residents today, compared to 782 yesterday. The IDPH found four 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 4,816 cases. The city’s tally is 4,536.

COVID-19 deaths reported in Cook County since yesterday include a woman in her 50s, two women and two men in their 60s, four women and one man in their 70s, four men in their 80s and one woman and two men in their 90s.

As of last night, 1,963 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19 an increase from the day before. Of those, 479 patients were in the ICU and 249 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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