Evanston this week recorded its first COVID-19 death since February.

The death, reported by the city’s Health Department on May 3, was the first since Feb. 10, and came as COVID case levels were rising substantially.

The seven-day rolling average of cases in Evanston stood at 48.4 as of Thursday, the most recent report available from the city.

Case levels have been steadily increasing since late March when the seven-day average briefly fell below 10 per day.

The Centers for Disease Control now says the COVID-19 community level in Cook County is “medium.”

Using the CDC’s metrics that means that while case counts are relatively high in the county, hospital admissions for COVID are less than 10 per 100,000 residents per week and less than 10% of staffed inpatient hospital beds are being used by COVID patients.

At Evanston/Skokie School District 65 new cases among students and staff declined in Friday’s report from their level in Tuesday’s bi-weekly report.

Cases at Evanston Township High School declined in the school’s latest weekly report, issued Monday.

Cases at Northwestern University rose this week, after declining for the past two weeks.

However, the university has not changed any COVID mitigation policies, and masks in classrooms, while recommended, are still not required.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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