Evanston health officials reported 10 new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents today. Statewide there were 3,980 new cases.

The positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 6.1%, up from 5.8% a week ago.

Evanston’s seven-day positive rate is now 1.6%, down from 2.6% a week ago.

The seven-day positive rate statewide is now 5.6%, up from 5.1% a week ago.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state is now conducting more COVID-19 tests than almost any other state in the nation.

The number of counties considered to be at a warning level increased to 51 counties today, up from 34 a week ago.

In a news release the Illinois Department of Public Health said health officials are seeing businesses “blatantly disregarding mitigation measures, people not social distancing, gathering in large groups and not using face coverings.”

The IDPH reported results of 82,256 tests today, up from Thursday’s 80,977.

The agency reported tests of 614 Evanston residents today, compared to 592 on Thursday. It found nine positive cases.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,333 cases.

The city now says Evanston has had a total of 1,337 cases. The city’s death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged today at 74.

Here are the latest seven-day positive rates for some other communities:

  • Chicago 5.1%, the same as a week ago.
  • Skokie 3.2%, down from 4.8% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 2.2%, down from 6.0% a week ago.

Chicago reported 803 new cases today for a total of 93,234. Its coronavirus death toll remained unchanged today at 3,029.

Suburban Cook County reported 595 more cases today for a total of 78,203 and two more deaths for a total of 2,363.

Those who died in Cook County today were a man in his 30s and a woman in her 90s.

The state now has 364,033 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 31 more deaths today for a total of 9,418.

As of last night, 2,498 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 511 patients were in the ICU and 197 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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