After more than 60 days with no COVID-19 deaths recorded in Evanston, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says Evanston has recorded four deaths in November.

The victims listed this month by the medical examiner’s office are:

  • A 61-year-old woman who lived at 1585 Ridge Ave., who died Nov. 22.
  • A 72-year-old woman who lived at the Alden Estates nursing home, 2520 Gross Point Road, who did Nov. 20.
  • A 78-year-old woman who lived at 2104 Grant St., who died Nov. 15
  • A 69-year-old man who lived at 1400 Hinman Ave., who died Nov. 9

The last previous COVID-19 death in Evanston was reported by the medical examiner’s office on Sept. 4.

Only one COVID death was reported here each month in May, July and August, and none in June.

None of this month’s COVID deaths in Evanston were recorded by the Evanston Health Department until Saturday, when three were added to the Health Department’s toll, raising its total count of pandemic deaths to 124.

The city gets its death count from the state health department and that introduces some delays in reporting. In addition it occasionally turns out that someone listed by the medical examiner as died in Evanston turns out to have actually been living elsewhere and thus is excluded from the city’s count.

We’ve sought comment from Evanston Health Director Ike Ogbo about the spike in deaths and will add to this story if we get a response.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.