Evanston reported eight new COVID-19 cases today bringing the city’s total to 391, while the state reported 2,341 more cases for a total of 63,840;.

The City of Chicago reported 941 new cases for a total of 25,805.

Evanston’s death toll in the pandemic remains at 11. Chicago reported 12 new deaths for a total of 1,021 and statewide there were 44 more deaths for a total of 2,662.

As shown in the charts, the seven-day rolling average of new cases in Evanston appears to have more-or-less flattened over the last week, while the statewide average continues to increase.

Data compiled by the New York Times indicates that Illinois has the tenth highest rate of COVID-19 cases per capita among U.S. states and territories. The highest rate, 1,667 cases per 100,000 residents is in New York, followed by 1,444 in New Jersey and 988 in Massachusetts. Illinois’ rate is 485.

The number of test results reported today dropped from a record high on Sunday to 13,834. Gov. J.B. Pritzker agains said at his newd conference this afternoon that the state needs to greatly increase testing to understand the full scope of the pandemic and the effectiveness of control measures.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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