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COVID cases continue to rise here and across state

Fourteen new cases today in Evanston as the state imposes new restrictions on restaurants, bars and public gatherings across suburban Cook County.

Evanston health officials reported 16 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today.

Statewide there were 4,729 new cases.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 6.9%, up from 6.0% a week ago.

Evanston’s seven-day positive rate is now 2.7%, up from 2.1% a week ago.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker discussed the new mitigation measures being put into force in suburban Cook County during a news conference in Peoria this afternoon.

The seven-day positive rate statewide is now 6.3%, up from 5.4% a week ago.

The IDPH reported results of 57,264 tests today, down from Sunday’s 72,097.

The state agency reported tests of 657 Evanston residents today, compared to 590 on Sunday. It found 15 positive cases.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,395 cases.

A graphic showing the latest mitigation status of Illinois regions.

The city now says Evanston has had a total of 1,404 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 6.0% a week ago.
  • Skokie 4.5%, up from 3.6% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 2.7%, down from 4.6% a week ago.

Chicago reported 926 new cases today for a total of 96,389. Its coronavirus death toll increased by eight today to 3,049.

Suburban Cook County reported 953 more cases today for a total of 81,076 and four more deaths for a total of 2,384.

Those who died in Cook County today included a man in his 30s, a man in his 50s, a man and a woman in their 60s, a women and a man in their 70s, two women and two men in their 80s and a woman and a man in their 90s.

The state now has 378,985 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 17 more deaths today for a total of 9,522.

As of last night, 2,638 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 589 patients were in the ICU and 238 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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