COVID-19 update as of June 23: Evanston and Cook County are each rated in the ‘medium’ community risk level
The total number of new COVID-19 cases 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 has 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 the state, county and city do not have a mechanism to report, verify or track home test results. Because a positive home test is considered highly accurate, most people who test positive on a home test do not have a second test outside the home that is reported to government authorities. The number of new cases of COVID-19 reported by IDPH and the City therefore significantly underestimates the true number of new cases contracted.
COVID vaccines for children 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 to 5 years old and Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine for children 6 months to 4 years old.
Moderna’s vaccine envisions two doses given four weeks apart. Pfifzer’s vaccine envisions 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 people find the nearest vaccination location at vaccines.gov.
Trends in new cases in Illinois and Evanston
Illinois: On June 23, the number of new cases in the state was 3,493.
The seven-day average of new cases in Illinois on June 23 was 3,575 compared to 4,251 on June 16, a drop of 16%. The chart below shows the trend.
Evanston: Evanston reported that there were 42 new cases of COVID-19 from Evanston residents on June 22. (Evanston reports COVID-19 data with a one-day lag.)
There were a total of 215 new cases of COVID-19 from Evanston residents during the week ending June 22, compared to 203 new cases during the week ending June 16, an increase of about 6%.
The chart below shows the trend.
An Evanstonian died from COVID-19 in the week ending June 22. The number of deaths from COVID-19 has risen to 150.
Northwestern University. The latest data reported on the NU website is that between June 10 and June 16, there were 106 new cases of COVID-19 from faculty, staff or students. If the cases relate to an Evanston resident, they are included in Evanston’s data for the relevant time period, Ike Ogbo, director of Evanston’s Department of Health and Human Services told the roundtable. NU will update its data tomorrow.
Cases per 100,000
The weekly number of new cases per 100,000 people in Illinois is 196 in the seven days ending June 23.
As of June 22, the weekly number of new cases per 100,000 residents in Evanston was 290. As of June 23, the number was 164 for Chicago and 206 for Suburban Cook County. An attached chart shows the trend.
Hospitalizations in Illinois due to COVID-19 have remained about the same for the past three weeks. They were 1,129 on June 22, about 60 less than a week ago.
The chart below, prepared by the City of Evanston, shows trends in hospitalizations due to COVID-19 at the three closest hospitals serving Evanston residents.
Cook County and Evanston are in the medium risk level
The CDC and IDPH look at the combination of three measures to determine if a community risk level for COVID-19 is low, medium, or high. These are: 1) the total number of new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in the last 7 days; 2) new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 in the past 7 days; and 3) the percentage of inpatient hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. 
The City of Evanston reported tonight, June 23, that Evanston is in the medium risk category. IDPH today reported that Cook County, including Chicago, is in the medium risk category.
While Evanston has more than 200 new cases per 100,000 people, the city reported tonight that the city had a 7-day total of 6.4 new hospital admissions per 100,000 people and had 2 .2% of inpatient hospital beds occupied by COVID. patients (using a 7-day average).
The City did not specify which hospitals or how many hospitals it was considering in its community risk analysis.
The CDC and IDPH recommend that people in a community with an “average” rate of transmission take the following precautions:
- “If you are immunocompromised or at high risk for serious illness, ask your healthcare provider if you should wear a mask and take other precautions (eg, testing)
- “If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk of serious illness, consider self-testing for infection before contact and consider wearing a mask when indoors with them.
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- “Maintain improved ventilation in interior spaces where possible
- “Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19
- “If you are immunocompromised or at high risk of serious illness
- Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (for example, having home testing or having access to testing)
- Talk to your health care provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies
1/ The CDC recommends the use of three indicators to measure community levels of COVID-19: 1) new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population in the past 7 days; 2) new COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the last 7 days; and 3) the percentage of staffed inpatient beds occupied by patients with confirmed COVID-19 (7-day average).
The table below illustrates how these indicators are combined to determine whether community levels of COVID-19 are low, medium or high. The The CDC provides many recommendations depending on whether the COVID-19 community level is low, medium or high.