Evanston health officials reported 10 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. Statewide there were 1,709 new cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 41,142 tests today, down substantially from Sunday’s 50,822.

The statewide positive rate in Illinois today is 4.2%, compared to a seven-day average for the state of 3.7%.

The Illinois seven-day positive rate is far below the 30% in North Dakota or 26% in South Dakota, but above the rates of under 1% achieved in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine.

The IDPH reported tests of 239 Evanston residents today, up from 196 Sunday. It found three positive cases here for a positive rate today of 1.3% compared to a seven-day average rate for the city of 1.8%. The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,128 cases.

By the city’s count, Evanston has a total of 1,138 COVID-19 cases. The city’s death toll from the disease remained unchanged today at 73.

Chicago reported 376 new cases today for a total of 79,765. Its coronavirus death toll increased by four to 2,956.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced plans to loosen some restrictions on businesses beginning Thursday. Bars there will be allowed to serve customers inside. Restaurants and some other businesses will be allowed to expand their capacity to 40% of normal.

Suburban Cook County reported 305 more cases today for a total of 64,550 and three more deaths for a total of 2,261.

Those who died in Cook County today ranged in age from a man in his 30s to two men in their 80s.

The state now has 289,639 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 13 more deaths today for a total of 8,614.

As of last night, 1,491 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 346 patients were in the ICU and 135 of those were on ventilators.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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