Evanston health officials reported 31 new COVID-19 cases today. The city’s death toll remained unchanged at 88.

Statewide there were 12,542 new cases, compared to 6,190 yesterday, for a new total of 738,846. The state reported 125 deaths, compared to 85 yesterday, for a new total of 12,403.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker had a woman who lost her husband to the pandemic speak to reporters at his COVID-19 news conference this afternoon.

The state reported 116,081 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 66,980 yesterday. That’s back to the daily average of more than 100,000 test per day achieved before the holiday weekend began.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 917 Evanston residents today, compared to 349 yesterday. It found 27 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 2.9%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,410 cases, while Evanston’s health department counts 2,353 cases.

Chicago reported 1,965 new cases today for a total of 163,741. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 14 today to 3,492.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,388 more cases today for a total of 146,981 and seven more deaths for a total of 2,965.

Those who died in Cook County today included one woman and one man in their 50s, two women and three men in their 60s, one woman and three men in their 70s, two women and two men in their 80s, three women and one man in their 90s and one woman over 100 years old.

As of last night, 5,835 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,195 patients were in the ICU and 721 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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