COVID-19 cases in Evanston have continued to trend down in counts reported by the city’s Health Department over the past several days. But the picture has been more mixed at local schools.

As of figures from Monday, Feb. 14, reported Tuesday afternoon, the seven-day rolling average of COVID cases in Evanston was 19.3, down by half from 39.7 a week earlier.

And the city has not reported a COVID-19 death since Feb. 7.

But at Evanston Township High School, the weekly case report on Monday was up slightly from the week before.

At Evanston Skokie School District 65, as of shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday, districtwide figures appeared to be incomplete, but the available numbers showed a decline from the previous week.

At Northwestern University, the most recent report, issued on Friday with data through last Thursday, showed an uptick in cases among all groups, except for non-undergraduate students.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has announced plans to lift the statewide mask mandate for many settings — but not for schools — at the end of this month, assuming case rates continue to decline.

Evanston officials have not yet indicated whether they plan to relax local restrictions at the same time, and Chicago officials today waivered somewhat about whether they will relax local mask mandates in sync with the state.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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