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The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is lower today, Jan. 27, than it was one week ago on Jan. 20 for Evanston, Suburban Cook County, Chicago, and Illinois. The top chart shows, though, that the number of cases may be moving up a bit in Evanston in the last five or six days. Evanston’s seven-day test positivity rate remains low, although today there was a relatively low number of tests reported and a high number of cases.

Evanston

There were 25 new confirmed COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents today.

The average number of new cases per day in the last seven days is 14.4, down from 14.9 on Jan. 20.  For purposes of comparison, on Oct. 12, the seven-day average was 5.6.

Today, the City reported a total of 248 tests, with an average of 1,324 tests per day in the last seven days. The high number of tests is likely due to testing of Northwestern University students.  

There has been a total of 3,577 COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents during the pandemic, 265 of which are active. An accompanying chart shows the trend.

In the last seven days, there was a total of 101 new COVID-19 cases of Evanstonians. That equates to about 134 new 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 1.1%.

No Evanstonian died due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.  The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 105.   

Impact of Northwestern University. Northwestern University has posted data on its website reporting that between Jan. 18 and 24, there were 24 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 3,751 new COVID-19 cases reported today.    

Statewide, the average number of new cases per day in the last seven days is 4,132. This is the seventeenth day in a row that the seven-day average has declined. The seven-day average one week ago, on Jan. 20, was 5,046, so today’s number is a decrease of 18%.  

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

In the seven days ending Jan. 27, the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the State was 228.

The seven-day case positivity rate for the State today is 4.5% and the test positivity rate is 5.6%. IDPH’s target to control community spread is 5%.

An accompanying chart shows that the number of cases per 100,000 people has declined for the week ending compared to the prior week for Evanston, Suburban Cook County, Chicago, and Illinois. An accompanying chart also shows their test positivity rates, which are down from one week ago.

On a Statewide basis, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 was 2,931as of midnight on Jan. 26. This is down from an all-time high of 6,171 on Nov. 23.

The number of patients using ICU beds is 591, down from 1,195 on Dec. 1. The number of patients on ventilators is 300, down from 724 on Dec.  1.

On a Statewide basis, there were 81 deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, which brings the total to 18,964.

For the last seven days, the numbers of deaths in the State are 123, 95, 96, 39, 49, 87, and 81 today.  The seven-day average is 81.

Vaccines

A total of 1,790,350 doses of vaccine have been delivered to providers in Illinois, including Chicago and long-term care facilities.  IDPH is currently reporting that a total of 773,623 doses of vaccines have been administered.