Evanston health officials reported two new COVID-19 cases in the city today, down from 14 yesterday. The death toll in the city remained unchanged today at 117.

It was the highest number of new cases here in nearly two weeks and the first new death in more than three weeks and came as Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced plans to further relax pandemic restrictions next week.

Statewide there were 3,321 new cases, compared to 1,778 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today reported that 73,526 people were vaccinated yesterday. But the seven day vaccination average is down by 25% from a week ago.

A total of 9.72 million vaccine doses had been administered as of yesterday, about 78% of the total 12.39 million doses distributed to the state by the federal government. The IDPH says 34.02% of state residents are now fully vaccinated. The vaccination rate is 35.71% in suburban Cook County.

Reported COVID-19 deaths in Illinois totaled 35 today, down from 40 the day before. The seven day average of deaths stands at 30.1, up from 26.1 a week ago.

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

The IDPH reported tests of 1,245 Evanston residents today, compared to 1,677 yesterday. The IDPH found nine 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 4,851 cases. The city’s tally, is 4,567.

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

As of last night, 1,977 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19, down from the day before. Of those, 464 patients were in the ICU and 239 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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