Evanston health officials reported 12 more COVID-19 cases among city residents today — the highest one-day count in more than a month.

And the state health department listed 30 counties as being at a warning level for the disease.

Evanston now has a total of 1,040 coronavirus cases. Its pandemic death toll increased today for the first time in two weeks, rising by one to 73.

The state reported 2,145 new confirmed coronavirus cases today, bringing the statewide total to 257,788 and 31 more deaths for a total of 8,273.

DuPage was the only county in the Chicago metro area on the state’s weekly warning list updated today with a positive case rate of 89 per 100,000 residents, far about the target rate of less than 50 per 100,000 and a rising death toll with six deaths reported in the previous week.

The charts below show that while over the entire course of the pandemic some Chicago metro area counties have been the hardest hit, in recent days some central and southern Illinois counties have become hot spots on a cases-per-capita basis.

Chicago reported 276 new cases today for a total of 74,566 and four more deaths for a total of 2,903.

Suburban Cook County had 347 new cases for a total of 59,120 and five more deaths for a total of 2,209.

Statewide the Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 56,661 COVID-19 tests today, the highest test count of the week and had a positive rate of 3.8%, compared to a seven-day positive rate of 3.9%.

The IDPH reported results of 452 tests of Evanston residents today and identified 10 positive cases for a positive rate of 2.2%. The state agency now lists 1,037 coronavirus cases in Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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