Evanston health officials reported five new COVID-19 cases today while 1,466 new cases were diagnosed across Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported test results for 39,031 people for a positive rate of 3.8%, compared to a seven-day average of 3.6%.

Eighteen more people died of the coronavirus disease across the state today, all of them over the age of 60.

The state now has recorded 264,210 cases of the disease and 8,332 deaths.

Chicago had 185 more cases today for a total of 75,594 and three more deaths for a total of 2,919.

Suburban Cook County had 231 new cases, for a total of 60,095 but its death toll remained unchanged at 2,218.

Evanston now has had 1,060 COVID-19 cases, but its death toll has remained unchanged at 73 for the past five days.

The IDPH reported test results for 210 Evanston residents today for a positive rate of 2.38%.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today announced a new state program to provide $220 million in grants to help small businesses in the state overcome COVID-19 losses. That’s the second round of the grant program and the funding level this time is four times larger than for the first round.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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