Evanston health officials reported 17 new COVID-19 cases today, down from 22 yesterday. The city’s death toll remained unchanged today at 94.

Statewide there were 8,009 new cases today, compared to 7,374 yesterday, for a new total of 963,389.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today said it is increasing surveillance for a new coronavirus variant initially found in the United Kingdom that now has been reported in California and Colorado. That variant is believed to spread more easily and rapidly. But so far no cases of the new strain have been identified in Illinois.

“Viruses are constantly changing through mutation and variant virus are expected,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “At this time, we have no evidence that infections by this variant cause more severe disease or death.”

The state reported 133 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 178 yesterday, for a new total of 16,490.

The state reported 99,426 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 74,573 yesterday.

The IDPH reported tests of 268 Evanston residents today, compared to 249 yesterday. It found 17 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 6.3%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,162 cases, while Evanston’s health department counts 3,098 cases.

Chicago reported 1,391 new cases today for a total of 204,914. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 17 today to 4,155.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,334 more cases today for a total of 188,738 and 17 more deaths for a total of 3,705.

Those who died in Cook County today included a woman and a man in their 40s, two men in their 50s, two women and five men in their 60s, five women and six men in their 70s, five women and three men in their 80s, one woman and two men in their 90s and one woman over 100 years old.

As of last night, 4,093 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 837 patients were in the ICU and 496 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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