Evanston health officials reported five more COVID-19 cases in the city today while across the state 1,645 people were diagnosed with the disease.

Evanston’s case count now stands at 915 and its death toll remained unchanged at 71 today.

Chicago reported 255 more cases today for a total of 64,611 and the death toll remained unchanged at 2,812.

Suburban Cook County reported 305 more cases today for a total of 48,433 and one additional death for a total of 2,122.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of tests on 42,098 residents today with a 3.9% positive rate. That’s compared to a seven-day average positive rate of 4.1%

The positive rate for the 217 Evanston residents whose results were reported today was 2.3% Three of today’s cases were north of Dempster Street and two were south of Dempster.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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