Evanston health officials reported 25 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, down from 37 each day on Sunday and Monday.

Statewide there were 12,381 new cases, and the state reported 96 more deaths today for a total of 10,875.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today announced new restrictions on activities statewide that will go into effect on Friday.

The restrictions limit youth sports, gaming and casinos and other activities and encourage people to work from home if at all possible.

The governor added that people should “gather on Zoom rather than pack in a room” for Thanksgiving.

The new rules will allow bars and restaurants to remain open for pickup and delivery and outdoor service and impose capacity limits on various other businesses.

The state reported 94,205 tests today, compared to 110,612 on Monday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 12.7% today. That’s down from 13.3% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 13.8%, the same as a week ago.

The governor, at his news conference this afternoon said, there is a risk that the fall surge in cases could end up being as much as five times more severe than the surge last spring, and the new restrictions are an effort to prevent that disaster.

The IDPH reported tests of 455 Evanston residents today. It found 33 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 7.3%. The seven-day positive rate here is now 3.4%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2.005 cases.

Evanston’s health department says the city now has had a total of 1,970 COVID-19 cases. The death toll from the pandemic in Evanston remained unchanged today at 81.

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

  • Chicago 12.8%, down from 13.5% a week ago.
  • Skokie 10.8%, down from 11.2% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 6.6%, down from 9.8% a week ago.

Chicago reported 2,442 new cases today for a total of 138,849. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 12 today to 3,228.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,329 more cases today for a total of 121,621 and seven more deaths for a total of 2,627.

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

The state now has had 597,849 COVID-19 cases.

As of last night, 5,887 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,158 patients were in the ICU and 545 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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