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COVID-19 update June 23: Evanston and Cook County have each been placed at a community risk level of moderate


The total number of new cases of COVID-19 in Evanston for the week ended June 22 was 215, up 6% from the week ended June 16. The number of new cases in the state fell by about 16%. Hospitalizations remained at about the same level.

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

The City of Evanston says the state, county and city have no mechanism to report, review or track home test results. Because a positive at-home test is considered very accurate, most people who test positive on an at-home test do not receive a second test outside of the home that is reported to government officials. The number of new COVID-19 cases reported by IDPH and the city therefore significantly underestimates the actual number of new cases that will be contracted.

COVID vaccines for under 5s

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

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

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

Trends in new cases in Illinois and Evanston

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

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