Evanston health officials reported 16 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today.

Statewide there were 6,363 new cases. That’s the highest one day total of the pandemic, topping the 6,161 cases recorded on Saturday.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today added Region 3 in west central Illinois to the list of regions required to stop having indoor bar and restaurant service and restricting the size of indoor gatherings to 25 rather than 50 people.

Similar restrictions, triggered by rising COVID case rates, were announced Monday and went into effect Wednesday in suburban Cook County. They’ll take effect in Chicago Friday morning and in Lake and McHenry counties on Saturday morning. The Region 3 restrictions go into effect Sunday morning.

At a news conference today Gov. Pritzker voiced concerns about rapidly growing case counts across the state and health officials urged residents to mask up and take other steps to prevent disease transmission.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 7.7%, up from 6.2% a week ago.

Evanston’s seven-day positive rate is now 2.5%, up from 1.9% a week ago.

The seven-day positive rate statewide is now 6.9%, up from 5.7% a week ago.

The IDPH reported results of 83,058 tests today, up from Tuesday’s 72,705.

The state agency reported tests of 701 Evanston residents today, compared to 401 on Wednesday. It found 12 positive cases.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,422 cases.

The city now says Evanston has had a total of 1,437 cases. The city’s death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged today at 74.

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

  • Chicago 7.8%, up from 6.2% a week ago.
  • Skokie 4.5%, up from 3.4% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 4.0%, up from 2.5% a week ago.

Chicago reported 1,405 new cases today for a total of 99,445. Its coronavirus death toll increased by eight today to 3,066.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,136 more cases today for a total of 84,204 and five more deaths for a total of 2,397.

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

The state now has 395,458 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 56 more deaths today for a total of 9,675.

As of last night, 3,030 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 643 patients were in the ICU and 269 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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