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COVID cases soar across Illinois and here in Evanston

City recommends having no guests for Thanksgiving dinner this year as Evanston's COVID case count hits a pandemic record.

Evanston health officials reported 43 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today — a new record high — along with one more death.

Statewide there were 12,702 new cases, and the state reported 43 more deaths today for a total of 10,477.

Evanston health officials today urged residents to limit Thanksgiving gatherings this year and vigilantly follow public health guidance.

The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate only with people in your own household, says Health Director Ike Ogbo. “Changing the way we celebrate Thanksgiving this year will help ensure that there are no empty seats at our tables next year.”

Detailed suggestions for precautions to take if you are going to invite guests is available online.

The state reported 100,617 tests today, up from 93,464 on Wednesday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 13.7% today. That’s up from 9.1% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 14.5%, up from 10.1% a week ago.

The IDPH reported tests of 1,106 Evanston residents today. It found 37 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 3.4% The seven-day positive rate here is now 2.9%

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,809 cases.

Evanston’s health department reports a total of 1,778 cases. The city’s COVID-19 death toll increased by one today to 80.

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

  • Chicago 13.8%, up from 10.1% a week ago.
  • Skokie 11.4%, up from 7.5% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 10.9%, up from 6.5% a week ago.

Chicago reported 2,699 new cases today for a total of 126,599. Its coronavirus death toll increased by seven today to 3,176.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,556 more cases today for a total of 110,118 and one more deaths for a total of 2,549.

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

The state now has had 536,542 COVID-19 cases.

As of last night, 5,258 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 956 patients were in the ICU and 438 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

Gov. J.B. Pritzker held another daily briefing on the pandemic this afternoon.

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