Evanston health officials reported 29 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, the highest one-day count of the pandemic so far.

Statewide there were 7,899 new cases. That’s also a new high, topping the previous high of 6,943 recorded on Friday.

The state reported results of 92,636 tests, down from Friday’s record of 95,111. The positive rate for the day was 8.5%, compared to a seven-day average of 7.5%.

Today’s update of test and case counts for Chicago and suburban Cook County were not available as of 3 p.m. from the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

The city now says Evanston has had a total of 1,489 cases.

The latest seven-day positive rate for Evanston is 2.7%, compared to 2.2% a week ago. For Skokie it’s 4.2%, the same as a week ago. For Wilmette the seven-day positive rate is 5.1%, compared to 3.3% a week ago.

Sixteen people died in Cook County of COVID-19 in the past day. They included a woman in her 40s, a women in her 50s, two woman and three men in their 60s, a woman and five men in their 70s, a woman in her 80s, a woman in her 90s and a woman over 100 years old.

The state now has had 410300 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 46 more deaths today for a total of 9,757.

As of last night, 3,228 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 680 patients were in the ICU and 290 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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