Evanston health officials reported eight new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. That’s half the average of new cases over the past seven days.

Statewide there were 6,222 new cases, down from Sunday’s 6,980.

The state reported 68,118 coronavirus test results today, down from 78,458 on Sunday.

The statewide positive rate today was 9.1%, compared to a seven-day average of 8.1%.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today discussed aid for businesses and municipalities affected by the pandemic during his daily news conference on the pandemic. (Note: The Facebook video ends abruptly about 15 minutes into the news conference.)

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 9.3%, up from 6.9% a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 733 Evanston residents today. It found 12 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 1.6%

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,530 cases.

The city now says Evanston has had a total of 1,516 cases.

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

  • Chicago 9.2%, up from 7.1% a week ago.
  • Skokie 5.6%, up from 4.5% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 6.4%, up from 2.7% a week ago.

Chicago reported 1,473 new cases today for a total of 105,999. Its coronavirus death toll increased by four today to 3,082.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,165 more cases today for a total of 89,741 and six more deaths for a total of 2,428.

Those who died in Cook County today included one woman in her 50s, one woman and one man in their 60s, two women and two men in their 70s, two men in their 80s and a woman who was over 100 years old.

The state now has had 423,502 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 18 more deaths today for a total of 9,810.

As of last night, 3,371 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 722 patients were in the ICU and 298 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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