Evanston’s Health Department reported three new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. That’s the lowest new case count in nearly two weeks and marks the fourth straight day that the count of new cases has declined.

The total of COVID-19 cases in the city now stands at 723. The Evanston Health Department’s reported death toll from the disease remained at 41 for the fourth day.

Chicago reported 310 new coronavirus cases for a total of 45,837 and reported 10 new COVID-19 deaths for a total of 2,132.

Across the state there were 974 new cases for a total of 121,234 and 22 additional deaths for a total of 5,412. The seven day running average of new cases across the state now has been declining for more than a week.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported conducting 88 additional tests in Evanston that returned a 4.3% positive rate. There was little difference in the test results between north and south Evanston ZIP Codes today.

Across Illinois a total of 20,014 additional tests were reported today. That’s the lowest total number of tests in five days.

Test results may drop further later this week because the state was forced to close several drive-thru test sites today because National Guard troops working there have been reassigned to assist local law enforcement agencies in dealing with civil unrest in several cities across the state.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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