Evanston health officials the city saw five new COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row today while the state had 1,759 cases, its highest number in nearly a week.

The city’s case count now stands at 880 but Evanston’s death toll has continued to hold steady at 71 since July 11.

Chicago reported 312 new cases today for a total of 62,457 and five more deaths for a total of 2,798

Suburban Cook County had 369 more cases today for a total of 45,968 and recorded two more deaths for a total of 2,111.

The state’s case count hit 186,471 today and deaths increased by 28 to 7,573.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported test results for 46,668 people today, the second highest total of the pandemic and said that 3.8% of those tested received positive results, compared to a seven-day average of 4%.

The IDPH reported test results for 332 Evanston residents and found five positive cases for a positive rate of 2.2%. Four of the five cases were in the north Evanston 60201 ZIP Code.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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