Evanston health officials reported 20 new COVID-19 cases today, down from 29 yesterday. The city’s death toll remained unchanged today at 96.

Statewide there were 7,569 new cases today, compared to 6,839 yesterday, for a new total of 999,288.

The state reported 138 COVID-19 deaths today, compared to 125 yesterday, for a new total of 17,097.

The state reported 80,974 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 87,083 yesterday.

At his news conference this noon, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said that based on the relatively modest increase in coronavirus cases in Illinois following the Thanksgiving holiday he hopes the state will also escape a big surge following the Christmas and New Years holidays. If that turns out to be true, he said, current restrictions in regions that keep their disease rates down could be eased as soon as Jan. 15.

The Illinois Department of public health reported tests of 707 Evanston residents today, the same number as yesterday. It found 31 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 4.4%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 3,284 cases, while Evanston’s health department counts 3,210 cases.

Chicago reported 1,192 new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 211,328 and eight new deaths, for a total of 4,255.

Suburban Cook county reported 1,495 new cases today for a total of 195,346 and 34 more deaths for a total of 3,846.

The IDPH reported that the deaths in Cook County included a two men in their 40s, one woman and two men in their 50s, one woman and seven men in their 60s, four women and five men in their 70s, six women and three men in their 80s, seven women and three men in their 90s and one man over 100 years old.

As of last night, 3,928 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 812 patients were in the ICU and 451 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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