Evanston reported 13 new COVID-19 cases today, raising the total here to 253, statewide there were 1,551 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 33,059.

At his news conference this afternoon Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he’s considering some easing of the state’s stay-at-home order for next month, but the trend of new cases doesn’t justify a return to normal activities.

Evanston’s coronavirus death toll remained at 8 today, but the state saw an additional 119 deaths for a total of 1,468.

Chicago reported 541 new cases for a total of 13,554 or nearly 41 percent of the statewide total. Chicago has now seen 569 deaths, with 55 of those reported today.

Tests conducted for the disease in Illinois remain far below the level of 10,000 or more that the governor has said would be needed to permit a substantial easing of restrictions on residents’ activities.

The state reported having received results of 6,639 tests in the past 24 hours.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. skokie numbers

    I for one appreciated the Skokie numbers.  Not as a gauge of whether we were “doing better” than Skokie.  It just gave a little broader window into where the area stood as compared to the state.  I wonder if you’d consider restoring that aspect of your daily Covid coverage.

    It looked to me like last Monday-Tuesday, the state did 4,500 tests, and from yesterday to today, 6,700.  I wonder whether Evanston has seen that kind of increase in testing and whether that’s part of what is responsible for the increase in cases.

    1. Skokie numbers

      Skokie generally doesn’t post its numbers for the day until after 4 p.m., while the state, Chicago and Evanston numbers are posted by about 3 p.m.

      That’s meant Skokie numbers are usually not available at the time I post my daily story.

      Today’s numbers from Skokie are 11 new cases for a total of 355 and one new death for a total of 15.

      Skokie also reports that 181 of its coronavirus patients have recovered, up from 140 on Monday, data the other agencies generally have not reported.

      You can find Skokie’s data at

      And I’ll try to work Skokie data into my stories again at least occasionally, now that I know somebody’s interested!


      — Bill

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