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8 new COVID cases here, Chicago hit with ‘mitigations’

It will be hard to escape COVID mitigation measures in the metro area -- unless you head to Lake County -- after Gov. Pritzker added Chicago to the clampdown list

Evanston health officials reported eight new COVID-19 cases among city residents today.

Statewide there were 3,980 new cases.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today added Chicago to the list of regions required to stop having indoor bar and restaurant service and restricting the size of indoor gatherings to 25 rather than 50 people.

Those restrictions, triggered by rising COVID case rates, were announced Monday go into effect Wednesday morning in suburban Cook County. They’ll take effect in Chicago Friday morning.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 6.9%, up from 6.1% a week ago.

Evanston’s seven-day positive rate is now 2.7%, up from 2.0% a week ago.

The seven-day positive rate statewide is now 6.4%, up from 5.5% a week ago.

The IDPH reported results of 62,074 tests today, up from Monday’s 57,264.

The state agency reported tests of 394 Evanston residents today, compared to 657 on Monday. It found nine positive cases.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,404 cases.

The city now says Evanston has had a total of 1,412 cases. The city’s death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged today at 74.

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

  • Chicago 7.1%, up from 5.7% a week ago.
  • Skokie 3.9%, down from 4.1% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 2.5%, down from 4.3% a week ago.

Chicago reported 652 new cases today for a total of 97,041 Its coronavirus death toll increased by three today to 3,052.

Suburban Cook County reported 715 more cases today for a total of 81,791 and three more deaths for a total of 2,387.

Those who died in Cook County today included a man in his 60s, a two women and a man in their 70s, a women in her 80s and a woman in her 90s.

The state now has 382,965 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 46 more deaths today for a total of 9,568.

As of last night, 2,758 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 595 patients were in the ICU and 241 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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