Evanston’s health department reported one new COVID-19 case today, bringing the city’s total to 729, and no additional deaths, leaving the death toll at 49.

Chicago reported 300 new cases for a total of 47,551 and 22 more deaths for a total of 2,240.

Across Illinois there were 1,156 more cases, raising the total to 125,915 and 59 additional deaths, for a total of 5,795.

While the pandemic appear to be receding, health officials remain concerned that recent large protest demonstrations, combined with the relaxation of stay-at-home rules that went into effect last week, could lead to a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 84 more Evanston residents tested for the disease, and it said it identified two new positive cases, one more than in the city’s count. That made for a positive case rate of 2.4%. There was no appreciable difference in test counts or positive results between north and south Evanston today.

Statewide, results of 18,903 additional tests were reported and the positive rate for the day was 6.1% while the 7-day-rolling average positive rate was 5.7%

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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