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42 new COVID cases in Evanston, 13,012 statewide

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus disease continued to increase across Illinois today amid concerns hospitals could run out of room.

Evanston health officials reported 42 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, down from 46 on Thursday. The city’s pandemic death toll remained unchanged at 84.

Statewide there were 13,012 new cases, and the state reported 126 more deaths today for a total of 11,304.

The state reported a record 116,024 tests today, compared to 116,447 on Thursday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 11.5% today. That’s down from 13.2% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 11.5%, down from 13.8% a week ago.

ZIP Code level data on tests and cases were not available from the Illinois Department of Public Health this afternoon. So it was not possible to calculate positive test rates for individual suburban communities.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker again met with reporters today to discuss the pandemic situation, Officials voiced concerns about the shrinking supply of available hospital beds, but offered hope about vaccine distribution.

Chicago reported 2,334 new cases today for a total of 145,003. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 12 today to 3,299. It’s seven-day positive rate was 11.5%, down from 13.8% a week ago.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,115 more cases today for a total of 127,730 and 38 more deaths for a total of 2,718.

Those who died in Cook County today included a man in his 30s, a man in his 40s, two women and two men in their 50s, four women and seven men in their 60s, six women and 11 men in their 70s, nine women and one man in their 80s, one women and two men in their 90s and a man and a woman who were over 100 years old.

The state now has had 634,395 COVID-19 cases.

As of last night, 6,111 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,196 patients were in the ICU and 604 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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