Evanston reports a 12.6% increase in new COVID-19 cases from last week
Evanston reports a 12.6% increase in new COVID-19 cases from last week

Evanston reports a 12.6% increase in new COVID-19 cases from last week

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Last week, Evanston’s COVID-19 societal risk level reached the “High” transmission level after high case loads. A Thursday release says the city is now at a “medium” societal risk level.

Evanston reported 447 new COVID-19 cases this week, an increase of 12.6% from the previous week. The city’s societal risk level dropped to a “Medium” from last week’s “High” risk level.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the city can achieve medium transmission by having high hospitalization rates or more than 200 total COVID-19 cases per day. 100,000 inhabitants at once. While Evanston does not report total COVID-19 cases, the city reported about 349 new cases per year. 100,000 inhabitants this week, based on population figures from the 2020 census.

Last week, Evanston’s COVID-19 was a societal risk level reached the “High” transmission level. This caused the city staff to release updated remedial recommendationsand Evanston Township High School to reinsert its indoor mask requirements for students and staff.

The city stopped reporting its positivity rate on April 28 due to changes in the U.S. Department of Health requirements.

Five new people were admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in the past week. Thirty-six people are currently in Evanston hospitals with COVID-19.

The proportion of residents 5 and older who have received at least one vaccine dose fell slightly to 96.7% from 97.3% two weeks ago, while the percentage of fully vaccinated residents rose 0.1 percentage points to 88, 5%.

In Cook County, 77.1% of residents have received at least one dose compared to 78.8% two weeks ago, and 71.51% have been fully vaccinated compared to 72.4% two weeks ago.

Across the state, 81.6% of residents aged 5 and over have been at least partially vaccinated, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from two weeks ago, and 73.5% have been fully vaccinated, an increase of 0.4 percentage points from two weeks ago.

To date, Evanston has had more than 13,000 total confirmed cases. The city recommended in the release that residents wear a mask indoors to protect the most vulnerable and that they be tested before attending family or public events.

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