Evanston health officials reported 16 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, compared to 23 yesterday. The city’s death toll remained unchanged today at 85.

Statewide there were 7,574 new cases, compared to 11,963 yesterday, for a new total of 705,063. The state reported 66 deaths, compared to 131 yesterday, for a new total of 12,029.

As expected during the holiday weekend, the number of tests declined substantially today. The state reported 77,130 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 107,556 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 539 Evanston residents today, compared to 869 yesterday. It found 15 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 2.8%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,332 cases, while Evanston’s health department counts 2,274 cases.

Chicago reported 1,478 new cases today for a total of 158,404. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 16 today to 3,413.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,263 more cases today for a total of 140,466 and 10 more deaths for a total of 2,850.

Those who died in Cook County today included a man in his 30s, a man in his 40s, two women and two men in their 50s, three men in their 60s, three women and three men in their 70s, four women and two men in their 80s and four women and one man in their 90s.

As of last night, 5,829 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,215 patients were in the ICU and 698 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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