Evanston reported 11 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the city’s total to 318. Statewide there were 1,980 new cases, raising the statewide count to 45,883.

Chicago reported 817 new cases today for a total of 18,682. Skokie reported 11 new cases today for a total of 419.

Evanston’s coronavirus death toll remained at 10 today. Skokie’s toll remained at 16. Chicago reported 32 new deaths for a total of 772. Statewide there were 50 additional deaths for a total of 1,983.

The state reported that results of 12,676 tests for COVID-19 were received within the last 24 hours. That marks the fourth day in a row that tests have exceeded Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s goal of conducting 10,000 tests a day. But the state’s health director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, said officials hope eventually to be able to conduct many times that number of tests to aid in bringing the disease under control.

Positive results were returned in 15.6% of the tests reported today. That’s the lowest rate of positive tests in several weeks.

Pritzker said the state will immediately appeal an order issued by Clay County Circuit Court Judge Michael McHaney this afternoon that thegovernor’s stay-at-home order will be invalid after Friday because it will then have extended beyond 30 days.

The suit was filed by State Rep. Darren Bailey, a Republican from Zenia. He says he and his constituents “are ready to go back to work and resume a normal life.”

But Pritzker said the ruling was “a danger to millions of people who may get ill” because “of what Darren Bailey has done.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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