Evanston RoundTable

Good Morning, Evanston.

Welcome back to schools!  A snow day yesterday pushed back District 65 school re-opening to this morning. Sidewalks and entrances are cleared, flags are raised, and school doors open to welcome back students, teachers and staff, 341 days after buildings were closed and instruction moved online due to the pandemic last March.

Washington and Lincolnwood schools

Freezing temperatures and 18 inches of snowfall are making snow removal a challenge. Our snow updates offer information on City progress in clearing streets, postponement of trash and recycling pick-up services, parking restrictions and parking options.

Using a mail-in ballot? You’ll really want to mail it in this time. Mail-in voting has become more popular in the era of COVID-19, and for many Evanston residents voting in the primary election this trend will continue. But there will be one big difference in the primary election: no local drop-box. The City of Evanston will not have a dropbox available, said the City Clerk’s office. The closest drop box for those requesting a mail-in ballot will be at the Skokie Court House, 5600 Old Orchard Road.

Residents have until tomorrow to request a mail-in ballot for the Feb. 23 primary. Residents have six more days to vote early, in-person, at the Civic Center. Need information on races and candidates? See the RoundTable election guide.

COVID-19 by the numbers – We are checking in with many sources to keep you updated on COVID-19 vaccine information. 

  • Seven new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday in Evanston, below the seven-day average of eleven.
  • There were no reported fatalities yesterday.  Evanston has lost 110 residents to the pandemic. 
  • Our City’s positive test rate is 0.9%; in suburban Cook County it is 5.2% and in Illinois it is 2.8%.
  • The number of cases per 100,000 pop over the last seven days is 117 in Evanston, 130 in Suburban Cook County and 116 in Illinois. 
  • Illinois has received 340,650 doses (out of 2.5 million in total) of the vaccine in the past seven days.  About 75% of total doses received have been used, 63,800 in the past seven days.
  • About 3.4% of Illinois residents are fully vaccinated.

IDPH reports 25 cases of B.1.1.7. in Illinois, including one case in Lake County. New research indicates the more infectious B.1.1.7. variant, first discovered in the U.K., has a higher fatality rate. Read more in the RoundTable’s Daily COVID -19 Update reports and check our resource page for vaccination and testing updates

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website this morning

Les Jacobson: The Age of Hybrid

Change happens slowly, then all at once, Hemingway wrote in “The Sun Also Rises.” […]

COVID-19 Update on Feb. 16: Seven New Cases in Evanston, 1,348 in the State

New cases, hospitalizations and deaths due to COVID-19 continue to decline on a Statewide basis. This is the 37th day in a row that the seven-day average of new cases […]

Loyola Hands ETHS Girls First Loss in B-ball

Open looks are hard to find any time a high school basketball team — boys […]

Mark Larson entertained a Levy Center audience with anecdotes about Chicago theater as told in his book, “Ensemble.” Photo from Levy Center Foundation.

History of Chicago Theater Takes Center Stage at Levy Lecture Series

On Feb. 2, Evanston author, retired Evanston Township High School teacher, and Golden Apple Award […]

Meetings and events

Evanston Public Library is holding two Virtual Tech Tutorials tomorrow. One focuses on using your iPhone or iPad calendar (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and the other aims to help you understand cloud computing (3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) Registration deadline is the Monday before the class, but space may still be available. E-mail hlindahl@cityofevanston.org to inquire.

The City’s Equity and Empowerment Commission meets tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

The Ninth Ward meeting will be held Saturday at 9 a.m.

Districts 65 and 202 are holding a Joint District 65/202 Board Meeting, Next Monday, Feb. 22. Please check District 65/202 and City Calendar for last minute changes.

Around the web

Uptown Jazz Orchestra perform for Mardi Gras for All Y’All

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday, the end of the Carnival festivities. If you missed this year’s celebrations, don’t despair! A replay of the three-day virtual celebration “Mardi Gras For All Y’all,” presented by Nola.com and Mardi Gras World is available online.

Why you shouldn’t get a covid antibody test after your vaccine’ The vaccine may be more a potent immunogen than immunity from the actual virus, explains Northwestern University infectious disease expert Dr. Rob Murphy in a Washington Post article.

Why Do COVID-19 Death Rates Differ Wildly from Place to Place? Researchers were surprised by the variable that best predicted fatalities. Researchers at Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University have found that pre-COVID-19id income inequality is the best predictor of death from the virus.

New State Data Show Huge Lag In Vaccinations Of Black And Latino Illinois Residents. White residents have gotten 66% of the vaccines administered to date; and Black and Latino residents have respectively received 7%, according to state data.

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