Evanston health officials reported 24 new COVID-19 cases today, down substantially from the record high of 63 reported yesterday. The city’s death toll remained unchanged at 88.

Statewide there were 10,959 new cases today, compared to 9,757 yesterday, for a new total of 759,562.

The state reported 191 deaths today, compared to 236 yesterday, for a new total of 12,830. Today’s death count is tied for the second highest of the pandemic with the total reported May 13.

State officials at a news conference this afternoon encouraged blood donations — especially from people who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

The state reported 106,778 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 85,007 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 760 Evanston residents today, compared to 952 yesterday. It found 19 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 2.5%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,499 cases, while Evanston’s health department counts 2,440 cases.

Chicago reported 2,227 new cases today for a total of 167,409. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 12 today to 3,541.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,963 more cases today for a total of 150,915 and 34 more deaths for a total of 3,033.

Those who died in Cook County today included a man in his 20s, two men in their 30s, one man in his 40s, one woman and one man in their 50s, two women and one man in their 60s, 10 women and five men in their 70s, three women and two men in their 80s and 11 women, two men in their 90s and two women and two men over 100 years old.

As of last night, 5,653 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,170 patients were in the ICU and 693 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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