The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined last week that the following categories of people who received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine more than six months ago are eligible to get a booster Pfizer vaccine:
- People 65 and older and residents in long-term care settings
- People 50 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
- People 18 to 49 with underlying medical conditions based on their individual benefits and risks, and
- People 18 to 64 who work and live in high-risk settings including health-care workers, first responders, teachers and grocery store workers. The CDC website provides a more detailed list of occupations at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure.
The City of Evanston says eligible people may contact their health-care provider or visit vaccines.gov to find a nearby location to receive a booster dose.
The City will also provide booster doses to eligible people at weekly vaccination clinics beginning in October. People who would like to receive their booster dose through the City of Evanston should complete the City’s Vaccine Booster Survey available at cityofevanston.org/vaccine.
New Cases: The weekly number of new cases per 100,000 people in Illinois decreased from 174 to 147 in the week ending Sept. 30, a 17% decrease from the prior week. This is the second week in a row in which there was a decrease. The number of new cases per week in the State are now about 6.4 times higher than they were on June 10, the day before the State moved to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan.
The above chart illustrates that the trends of new cases per week are also lower in suburban Cook County and Chicago, but they are higher in Evanston. The number of new cases per 100,000 for Evanston, suburban Cook County, Chicago and Illinois is: Evanston – 96; suburban Cook County – 115; Chicago – 83; and Illinois – 147.
Under CDC guidelines, Evanston and Chicago are considered to be areas with “substantial transmission.” Suburban Cook County and Illinois are considered to be areas of “high transmission.” See footnote 2.
Test Positivity Rates: The seven-day test-positivity rates in each region are: Evanston 1.2%; suburban Cook County – 2.4%; Chicago – 2.2%; and Illinois – 2.8%. The test positivity rates are lower in each area than one week ago.
Vaccinations: The number of people in the State who are vaccinated continues to grow, but at a very slow pace. As of Sept. 30, 79.7% of Illinois residents 12 and older had at least one dose of a vaccine, up from 79.1% on Sept. 23; and 62.4% were fully vaccinated, compared to 61.7% on Sept. 23. These percentages include people who reside in Illinois and have been vaccinated in Illinois or in other states. The seven-day average for vaccinations is 23,885, up from 18,900 one week ago. (Source: CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health.)
As of Sept. 30, 88.4% of Evanston residents 12 and older had received at least one dose of a vaccine; 81.5% were fully vaccinated. There is a fraction of a percentage point increase in each number from the prior week. (Source: City of Evanston.)
Delta Variant: According to data published by IDPH, in the last seven days, there were 882 new cases of the Delta variant in Illinois, comprising about 4.7% of the total new cases in the State in that same period.
Evanston – COVID
Evanston reported 19 new COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents today, compared to 13 yesterday, and six on Tuesday. The relatively high number of cases reported today may be attributable in part to the high number of tests reported today: 5,772.
The numbers are higher than one week ago. There has been a total of 71 new COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents in the last seven days, compared to 67 in the prior seven days.
The seven-day test positivity rate today is 1.2%, compared to 2.1% one week ago.
There has been a total of 5,772 COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents during the pandemic, 105 of which are active.
No Evanstonian has died from COVID-19 since Sept. 14. The total number of Evanston deaths due to COVID-19 is 121.
Cases at D65 and ETHS. According to data posted on School District 65’s website, there were three new COVID-19 cases of students at District 65 in the week ending Sept. 28, and 88 students were in quarantine. The data does not indicate if the students were infected at the schools. There were no new cases for teachers and no teachers are in quarantine.
According to data posted on ETHS’s website, for the week ending Sept. 24, there were two new COVID-19 cases of students at ETHS and no one was in quarantine. For staff, there were no new cases, and no staff in quarantine The data does not indicate if the students were infected at the schools.
Impact of Northwestern University. The most recent data on Northwestern University’s website reports that between Sept. 24 and Sept. 30 there were 51 new confirmed COVID-19 cases of an NU faculty member, staff member or student. If the faculty member, staff member or student resides in Evanston, the case or cases would be included in the City’s numbers.
1/ The State moved to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan on June 11. As of July 1, the RoundTable has been covering COVID-19 metrics once a week on Thursdays. Specifically, the RoundTable is presenting two charts showing: 1) the trends in the number of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people in two recent seven-day periods for Evanston, Chicago, Suburban Cook County, and the State. The chart also shows the weekly numbers of new cases for each region as of June 10 as a baseline to gauge whether cases are going up since the move to Phase 5; and 2) the most recent test positivity rates for these areas.
As discussed in footnote 3 below, the CDC recommends that these two measures be used to determine the level of risk of transmission. If we see a surge in new cases or in the test positivity rates, we will consider covering additional metrics.
We will also report the most recent percentages of vaccinated people, 12 years and older, in Evanston and Illinois.
2/ In late July, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Evanston’s Health & Human Services Dept. each adopted recommendations that everyone, including fully vaccinated people, wear a mask in a public indoor setting in areas with “substantial” and “high transmission” of new COVID-19 cases. Areas of substantial transmission are considered to be those with between 50 and 99 cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period. Areas of high transmission are considered to be those with more than 100 cases per 100,000 people over a 7-day period.
They also recommend universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
3/ On Feb. 12, the CDC issued a K-12 School Operational Strategy. As part of that strategy, the report says CDC recommends the use of two measures to determine the level of risk of transmission: 1) the total number of new cases per 100,000 persons in the past 7 days; and 2) the percentage of COVID tests during the last seven days that were positive. The CDC provides a chart to assess whether the risk of transmission is low, moderate, substantial, or high. If the two indicators suggest different levels of risk, CDC says the higher level of risk should be used. The table below, reprinted from CDC’s report, provides CDC’s Indicators and Thresholds for Community Transmission of COVID-219.
CDC’s guidelines are available here: Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Prevention | CDC