Evanston health officials reported two new COVID-19 cases today while the state had the highest number of new cases in more than two months.

The state’s count of 1,772 new cases was the biggest one-day number reported since the 2,362 cases reported on May 23 and was another sign that weakened control efforts may be leading to a resurgence of the deadline disease.

Evanston’s case count today rose to a total of 861, while the death toll here remained unchanged for nearly three weeks now a 71.

Chicago reported 370 new cases today for a total of 60,372 and five more deaths for a total of 2,775.

Suburban Cook County had 316 new cases today for a total of 44,315 and three more deaths for a total of 2,097.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported COVID-19 test results from 41,134 state residents today, the largest test count since last Friday. The positive test rate today was 4.3%, the highest its been since early June. The seven-day average test rate today stood at 3.8%

The IDPH reported test results for 229 Evanston residents today and said it found three new cases for a positive rate of 1.5%. Two of the new cases were in the north Evanston 60201 ZIP Code, the other one in the south Evanston 60202 ZIP Code.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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