Evanston today recorded five new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bring the total here to 108. The statewide count rose by 1,453 to a total of 10,357.

There were 481 new cases in Chicago, bringing that city’s total to 4,296. Skokie reported 15 new cases today for a total of 138.

Skokie also reported that 21 of its coronavirus patients have recovered. Similar data was not available for the other communities.

The state reported 33 additional deaths for a total of 243. Chicago reported 19 more deaths for a total of 76. The number of deaths reported in Evanston remained unchanged at one. Skokie reported one additional death for a total of seven.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, at his news conference this afternoon, urged residents to wear masks when they go to places like grocery stores where they are likely to encounter groups of other people. He said the masks probably aren’t needed if you’re just out taking a walk in an area where you’ll generally be alone.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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