COVID-19 update as of June 23: Evanston and Cook County each rated in the “medium” community risk level

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The total number of new cases of COVID-19 in Evanston was 215 for the week ending June 22, 6% higher than the week ending June 16. The number of new cases in the State decreased by about 16%. Hospitalizations remained at about the same level.

Cook County, including Chicago, is in the “medium” community risk level. City officials say Evanston is also in the “medium” risk level.

The City of Evanston says that the State, the County and the City do not have a mechanism to report, verify or track at home test results. Because a positive at home test is regarded as highly accurate, most people who test positive in an at home test do not get a second test outside the home that is reported to government officials. The  number of new COVID-19 cases reported by IDPH and the City thus significantly understates the actual number of new cases that are contracted.  

COVID Vaccines for Under 5

Last week the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control approved the use of Moderna’s vaccine for children 6 months through 5 years old and Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children 6 months through 4 years old.  

Moderna’s vaccine contemplates two doses given four weeks apart. Pfifzer’s vaccine contemplates three doses, with the second dose given three weeks after the first, and the third two months after the second.

Both vaccines are currently available in Illinois this week. The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends that people find their nearest vaccination location at  vaccines.gov.

Trends of New Cases in Illinois and Evanston

Illinois:  On June 23, the number of new cases in the state was 3,493.