Evanston health officials reported five new COVID-19 cases today for a total of 930 while across Illinois there were 1,257 new cases for a total of 157,950.

Chicago reported 333 new cases for a total of 56,190 as well as five additional deaths for a total of 2,707.

Evanston’s death toll remained unchanged at 71. Statewide there were 25 more deaths for a total of 7,251.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported test results for 43,006 people, a new record high. The positive rate on tests today was 2.9%, while the seven-day average positive rate stands at 3.1%

The IDPH reported 208 tests of Evanston residents and one positive result, instead of the five reported by the city. Using the IDPH figures Evanston had a positive rate today of 0.5%. Today’s positive test result reported by the IDPH came from the north Evanston 60201 ZIP Code.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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