Evanston health officials reported eight new COVID-19 cases among city residents today while the state reported a new one day record for coronavirus testing.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 74,286 tests, up from the previous record of 61,918 set just yesterday.

The statewide positive rate today is 3.4%, compared to a seven-day average positive rate of 3.5%.

The IDPH reported tests of 769 Evanston residents today and it found nine positive cases for a positive rate of 1.2%. The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,081 cases.

By the city’s count, Evanston now has a total of 1,086 COVID-19 cases. The city’s death toll from the disease remained unchanged today at 73.

Chicago reported 455 new cases today for a total of 76,966 and five more deaths for a total of 2,930.

Suburban Cook County reported 541 more cases today for a total of 61,610 and two more death for a total of 2,227.

Those who died in Cook County ranged from a man in his 50s to a woman in her 90s.

The state now has 272,856 COVID-19 cases and it reported 25 more deaths today for a total of 8,436.

As of last night, 1,469 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 326 patients were in the ICU and 141 of those were on ventilators.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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