State health officials reported 23 new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents today as the statewide coronavirus positive rate continued to increase.

Statewide there were 7,538 new cases, up from Tuesday’s 6,516.

The state reported 71,857 coronavirus test results today, down from 82,435 on Tuesday.

The statewide positive rate today was 10.5%, compared to a seven-day average of 8.5%.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 9.7%, up from 7.5% a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 1,427 Evanston residents today. It found 23 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 1.6%

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,574 cases.

Case counts from the City of Evanston had not been updated as of 3:15 p.m. today. (At 4:25 p.m., the city announced it had identified 20 new cases today, for a total of 1,558.)

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

  • Chicago 9.7%, up from 7.1% a week ago.
  • Skokie 6.5%, up from 4.2% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 7.0%, up from 3.0% a week ago.

Chicago reported 1,387 new cases today for a total of 108,570. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 17 today to 3,101.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,605 more cases today for a total of 92,606 and seven more deaths for a total of 2,440.

Those who died in Cook County today included a woman in her 30s, a woman and four men in their 60s, a woman and seven men in their 70s, four women and four men in their 80s, a man in his 90s and a woman over 100 years old.

The state now has had 437,556 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 55 more deaths today for a total of 9,933.

As of last night, 3,761 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 776 patients were in the ICU and 327 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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