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22 new COVID cases here, state count keeps rising

COVID numbers keep heading in the wrong direction across Illinois.

Evanston health officials reported 22 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, more than the seven-day average of 18 new cases.

Statewide there were 6,516 new cases, up from Monday’s 6,222.

The state reported 82,435 coronavirus test results today, up from 68,118 on Monday.

The statewide positive rate today was 7.9%, compared to a seven-day average of 8.3%.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today said local officials like those in Springfield that are not enforcing mitigation measures will be responsible for an increase in cases in the future.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 9.5%, up from 6.9% a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 1,205 Evanston residents today. It found 21 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 1.7%

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,551 cases.

The city now says Evanston has had a total of 1,538 cases.

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

  • Chicago 9.4%, up from 7.1% a week ago.
  • Skokie 6.0%, up from 3.9% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 7.0%, up from 2.5% a week ago.

Chicago reported 1,184 new cases today for a total of 107,183. Its coronavirus death toll increased by two today to 3,084.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,260 more cases today for a total of 91,001 and five more deaths for a total of 2,433.

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

The state now has had 430,018 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 68 more deaths today for a total of 9,878.

As of last night, 3,594 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 755 patients were in the ICU and 326 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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