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Eight new COVID-19 cases in Evanston and two new deaths

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Evanston reported eight new COVID-19 cases today, raising its total to 444, and two additional deaths, bringing the death count to 14.

Chicago reported 1,094 new cases for a total of 29,535 with 64 additional deaths for a total of 1,248.

Statewide 2,887 new cases were reported, bringing the state’s total ot 73,760, with 130 new deaths, for a total of 3,241.

The state reported results of 20,671 coronavirus tests today, the highest test count yet. The rate of positive tests reach 14 percent — the second-lowest percentage of positive results in more than a month.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced reopening plans today that set tougher benchmarks for easing stay-at-home rules than Gov. J.B. Pritzker oultined in his strategy earlier this week.

At his news conference this afternoon the governor said the mayor’s proposals are not in conflict with his plans and that local governments are allowed to be more strict about reopening than the state.

There was no immediate word Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty about whether he’s planning any modifications here to the state reopening schedule.

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