Evanston health officials reported five new COVID-19 cases among city residents today while 2,806 cases were reported across Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of tests on 61,935 people. That’s the second highest daily test number so far, outstripped only by the 149,273 reported Friday when the IDPH said it was clearing up a backlog of test results.

The positive rate statewide today was 4.5% and the seven-day average positive rate is now 4.2%

The IDPH reported test results for 700 Evanston residents today and said it found five positive cases, for a positive rate here of 0.7%. The city listed the total case count in Evanston as 1,012 today, while the state said it was 1,016.

Evanston’s coronavirus death toll remained unchanged today at 72.

Chicago reported 523 more cases today for a total of 73,136 and three more deaths for a total of 2,893.

Suburban Cook County reported 548 more cases today for a total of 57,480 and three more deaths for a total of 2,199.

Statewide the case count reached 248,177 today and there were 23 more deaths for a total of 8,166.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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