Evanston health officials reported 29 new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents today. Statewide there were 12,623 new cases.

The state reported 101,955 tests today, up from 64,760 on Monday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 13.3% today. That’s up from 8.3% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 13.8%, up from 9.5% a week ago.

During today’s COVID-19 update, Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the state health director, said that students at colleges that have aggressive testing programs and have kept down the spread of the disease may be safer staying on campus during the Thanksgiving holiday than going home, if they can remain at school.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 630 Evanston residents today. It found 21 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 3.3% The seven-day positive rate here is now 2.4%

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,746 cases.

Evanston’s health department reports a total of 1,712 cases. The city’s COVID-19 death toll increased by one today to 79.

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

  • Chicago 13.5%, up from 9.4% a week ago.
  • Skokie 11.2%, up from 6.0% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 9.8%, up from 7.0% a week ago.

Chicago reported 2,080 new cases today for a total of 122,040. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 15 today to 3,153.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,235 more cases today for a total of 105.385 and seven more deaths for a total of 2,514.

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

The state now has had 511,193 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 79 more deaths today for a total of 10,289.

As of last night, 4,742 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 911 patients were in the ICU and 399 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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