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145 state COVID deaths today — the most since spring

Coronavirus cases and positive test rates continue to head in the wrong direction. State health officials say "stay at home as much as possible."

Evanston health officials reported 23 new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents today.

Statewide there were 12,657 new cases, and the state reported 145 more deaths today — the highest one-day number since last May — for a total of 10,434.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today urged that for the next three weeks residents should:

  • Work from home if possible.
  • Stay at home as much as possible, leaving only for essential activities.
  • Limit travel and gatherings, because they present a high risk of spreading the infection.

The agency says the goal of the steps is to “reduce transmission as we head into the holidays so businesses and schools can remain open.”

The state reported 93,464 tests today, down from 101,955 on Tuesday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 13.6% today. That’s up from 8.5% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 14.0%, up from 9.7% a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 374 Evanston residents today. It found 26 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 7.0% The seven-day positive rate here is now 2.8%

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,772 cases.

Evanston’s health department reports a total of 1,735 cases. The city’s COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged today at 79.

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

  • Chicago 13.5%, up from 9.7% a week ago.
  • Skokie 10.6%, up from 6.6% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 8.9%, up from 7.0% a week ago.

Chicago reported 1,860 new cases today for a total of 123,900. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 16 today to 3,169.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,177 more cases today for a total of 107,562 and 34 more deaths for a total of 2,548.

Those who died in Cook County today included a man in his 20s, a man in his 30s, three women and five men in their 50s, six men in their 60s, eight women and six men in their 70s, seven men and four women in their 80s and five women and two men in their 90s.

The state now has had 523,840 COVID-19 cases.

As of last night, 5,042 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 951 patients were in the ICU and 404 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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