Evanston health officials reported 46 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, up from 11 on Wednesday, and one new death, bring the city’s pandemic death toll to 84.

Statewide there were 14.6122 new cases, and the state reported 164 more deaths today for a total of 11,178.

The state reported a record 116,447 tests today, compared to 100,569 on Wednesday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 12.0% today. That’s down from 12.6% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 12.5%, down from 14.5% a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 1,642 Evanston residents today. It found 54 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 3.3%. The seven-day positive rate here is now 3.2%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,071 cases.

Evanston’s health department says the city now has had a total of 2,027 COVID-19 cases.

At the governor’s COVID-19 news conference today a physician treating coronavirus patients pleaded with the public to follow public health guidelines to reduce the spread of the disease.

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

  • Chicago 12.2%, down from 13.8% a week ago.
  • Skokie 10.8%, down from 11.4% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 6.3%, down from 10.9% a week ago.

Chicago reported 2,841 new cases today for a total of 142,669. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 15 today to 3,287.

Suburban Cook County reported 3.014 more cases today for a total of 125,615 and 17 more deaths for a total of 2,680.

Those who died in Cook County today included a woman in her 30s, a man in his 40s, one woman and four men in their 50s, six men in their 60s, six women and three men in their 70s, three women and three men in their 80s, and five women and three men in their 90s.

The state now has had 621,383 COVID-19 cases.

As of last night, 6,037 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,192 patients were in the ICU and 587 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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