Evanston health officials reported 33 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, a substantial drop from the record 60 cases on Friday.

Statewide there were 11,028 new cases, and the state reported 166 more deaths today for a total of 10,670.

It was the third highest one day statewide death toll of the pandemic, but officials had warned on Friday that today’s toll would be unusually high because of delays in reporting some deaths that occurred the previous day.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said today that residents in every part of the state should “stay home as much as possible – because the situation we face now is increasingly dangerous for healthcare workers and hospital systems in every part of the state.”

“More Illinoisans are in the hospital battling COVID-19 now than we saw at our highest average in the spring – and increasingly, we have regions at risk for potential ICU bed shortages and staffing shortages as our case rates continue to rise,” the governor added.

The state reported 114,370 tests today, a single-day record, up from the previous record, 106,540 on Friday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 12.7% today. That’s up from 11.6% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 13.5%, up from 12.2% a week ago.

Seven-day positive rates in many areas, though, were down at least slightly from peaks reached on Thursday and Friday.

The IDPH reported tests of 1,932 Evanston residents today. It found 28 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 1.5% The seven-day positive rate here is now 2.8%

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,888 cases.

Evanston’s health department reports a total of 1,871 cases. The city’s COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged today at 81.

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

  • Chicago 13.1%, up from 11.9% a week ago.
  • Skokie 11.3%, up from 9.3% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 8.3%, up from 8.2% a week ago.

Chicago reported 2,012 new cases today for a total of 131,597. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 22 today to 3,320.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,718 more cases today for a total of 114,795 and 47 more deaths for a total of 2,697.

Those who died in Cook County today included two males in their 40s, four women and two men in their 50s, six women and 10 men in their 60s, one woman and seven men in their 70s, eight women and 14 men in their 80s and six women and seven men in their 90s.

The state now has had 562,985 COVID-19 cases.

As of last night, 5,415 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,018 patients were in the ICU and 499 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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