Evanston health officials today reported the city’s first COVID-19 death since July 11, raising the death toll here to 72.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the victim as a 96-year-old Black woman who lived on Darrow Avenue. The medical examiner said the woman had died on Wednesday and had fallen ill with the disease on Aug. 15.

City health officials said Evanston had two new COVID-19 cases today bringing its total to 982. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported finding four new cases today among 210 Evanstonians tested for a positive rate of 1.9%

With results from 48,383 tests reported statewide today, 2,149 new cases were identified in Illinois for a positive rate of 4.4%, compared to a seven-day average of 4.1%

Chicago reported 516 new cases today for a total of 70,331 and five more deaths for a total of 2,868.

Suburban Cook County had 366 more cases for a total of 54,242 and one more death for a total of 2,177.

Statewide the case count now totals 229,483 and the death toll, which grew by 19 today, stands at 7,996.

The IDPH today added suburban Cook County to its list of areas that are under warning status for rising coronavirus dangers.

The report says the goal is to have fewer than 50 new cases per 100,000 residents per week, but the county had more than twice that level — 112 cases per 100,000 last week.

And it says the target is to have a decreasing or stable number of deaths for the week, but, with 25 deaths last week, deaths in suburban Cook County were rising.

Thirty of the state’s 102 counties are now on the warning list.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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