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The average number of new COVID-19 cases in Evanston for the last five days has dropped significantly, with an average of 10.2 cases per day. The seven-day test positivity rate is 1.2%.

School District 65 decided today to reopen its schools for in-person learning beginning on Feb. 16. See accompanying article.

President Joe Biden reportedly signed an executive order today requiring the use of masks and social distancing in all federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors. In his inaugural speech, he urged everyone in the nation to wear a mask for the first 100 days of his administration.

Evanston

There were 8 new confirmed COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents today.

The average number of new cases per day in the last seven days is 14.9, down from 22.5 on Jan. 13.  For purposes of comparison, on Oct. 12, the seven-day average was 5.6. During the last seven days there was an average of 1,277 tests per day. The high number of tests is likely due to testing Northwestern University students.

There has been a total of 3,476 COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents during the pandemic, 256 of which are active. An accompanying chart shows the trend.

 

In the last seven days, there was a total of 104 new COVID-19 cases of Evanstonians. That equates to about 135new cases per 100,000 people in the seven-day period. IDPH’s target to control community spread is 50.

The case positivity rate over the last seven days is 1.2%.

No Evanstonian died due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.  The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 104.

Impact of Northwestern University. Northwestern University has posted data on its website reporting that between Jan. 11 and 17, there were 41 new confirmed COVID-19 cases of faculty, staff and students. The number includes those who live outside of Evanston. The City claims it does not know how many of these cases are people who live in Evanston.

Illinois

 In the State, there were 4,822 new COVID-19 cases reported today. 

Statewide, the average number of new cases per day in the last seven days is 5,046. The seven-day average one week ago, on Jan. 13, was 6,677, so today’s number is a decrease of 25%.

Today’s seven-day average is down from an all-time high of 12,380 on Nov. 17. The chart below shows the trend.

In the seven days ending Jan. 20, the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the State was 279.

The seven-day case positivity rate for the State today is 5.5% and the test positivity rate is 6.8%. IDPH’s target to control community spread is 5%.

The charts below show the cases per 100,000 and the test positivity rates for Evanston, Suburban Cook County, Chicago and Illinois.

On a Statewide basis, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 was 3,284 as of midnight on Jan. 19. This is down from an all-time high of 6,171 on Nov. 23.

The number of patients using ICU beds is 722, down from 1,195 on Dec. 1. The number of patients on ventilators is 379, down from 724 on Dec.  1.

Deaths: On a Statewide basis, there were 107 deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, which brings the total to 18,398.

For the last seven days, the numbers of deaths in the State are 88, 123, 130, 29, 50, and 107 today.  The seven-day average is 80.

Vaccines

As of last night, the total number of vaccine doses delivered to Illinois was 1,388,200, including those allocated to the federal government’s Pharmacy Partnership Program for long-term care facilities. IDPH reports that a total of 537,740 vaccines have been administered.

FOR A MORE DETAILED ARTICLE COVERING KEY METRICS FOR EVANSTON, SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY, CHICAGO AND ILLIONOIS AS OF JAN. 18 CLICK HERE.