Evanston health officials reported five new cases of COVID-19 today, raising the city’s seven-day average of cases to 2.3 and its case count for the pandemic to 875.

The death toll among Evanston residents from the disease remained at 71 where it’s been since July 11.

Chicago reported 203 new cases today, its lowest case count in two weeks, bringing its total to 62,145. Chicago logged four more deaths today for a total of 2,793.

Suburban Cook County had 294 more cases today reaching a total of 45,599 and one more death for a total of 2,109.

Across Illinois there were 1,471 more cases bringing the state’s total to 184,712 and 19 more deaths for a total of 7,545.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported test results for 42,598 people today compared to a seven-day average of 39,847. The positive test rate statewide today was 3.5% compared to a seven-day average of 3.9%.

The IDPH reported test results for 249 Evanston residents today. It said it found two positive cases here for a positive rate of 0.8%.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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