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28 new COVID cases here, 11,891 statewide

Positive rates in Cook County declined somewhat from extraordinarily high levels, but hospitals continued to see more COVID-19 patients and 126 pandemic deaths were reported today in Illinois.

Evanston health officials reported 28 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, down from 42 on Friday. The city’s pandemic death toll remained unchanged at 84.

Statewide there were 11,891 new cases, and the state reported 126 more deaths today for a total of 11,430.

The state reported a record 120,284 tests today, compared to 116,024 on Friday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 11.5% today. That’s down from 12.6% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 12.3%, down from 13.5% a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health didn’t post ZIP Code based test data on Friday. Splitting increases in new totals reported today in half yields the estimated one-day results for suburban communities included in this story.

The IDPH reported tests of 1,370 Evanston residents today. It found 39 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 2.9%. The seven-day positive rate here is now 3.4%, compared to 2.8% a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,146 cases.

Evanston’s health department says the city now has had a total of 2,097 COVID-19 cases.

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

  • Chicago 11.5%, down from 13.1% a week ago.
  • Skokie 10.7%, down from 11.3% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 7.0%, down from 8.3% a week ago.

Chicago reported 2,145 new cases today for a total of 147,148. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 17 today to 3,316.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,148 more cases today for a total of 129,8785 and 32 more deaths for a total of 2,750.

Those who died in Cook County today included a man in his 30s, two men in their 40s, two women and two men in their 50s, three women and seven men in their 60s, six women and 10 men in their 70s, five women and seven men in their 80s and two women and three men in their 90s.

The state now has had 646,286 COVID-19 cases.

As of last night, 6,175 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,173 patients were in the ICU and 595 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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