Evanston health officials reported 37 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, up from 33 on Saturday.

Statewide there were 10,631 new cases, and the state reported 72 more deaths today for a total of 10,742.

The state reported 64,831 tests today, a dramatic crop from the record 114,370 reported on Saturday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 13.2% today. That’s up from 11.9% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 14.1%, up from 12.4% a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 1,799 Evanston residents today. It found 53 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 3.0%. The seven-day positive rate here is now 3.1%

It’s worth noting that Evanston’s overall positive rate is reduced by the high rate of testing and relatively low number of positive cases among on-campus residents at Northwestern University — those living in the 60208 ZIP Code. Exclude that ZIP Code and Evanston’s positive rate today would have been 6.4%

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,941 cases.

Evanston’s health department reports a total of 1,908 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 13.0%, up from 12.1% a week ago.
  • Skokie 12.0%, up from 9.6% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 8.5%, up from 7.4% a week ago.

Chicago reported 2,277 new cases today for a total of 133,847. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 13 today to 3,313.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,432 more cases today for a total of 117,227 and seven more deaths for a total of 2,604.

Those who died in Cook County today included three men in their 50s, four men in their 60s, two woman and two men in their 70s and five women and five men in their 80s.

The state now has had 573,616 COVID-19 cases.

As of last night, 5,474 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,045 patients were in the ICU and 490 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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