Evanston health officials reported five new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. Statewide there were 2,273 new cases.

State officials today warned that Region 6, which is seeing a 7.2% positive rate, except for Champaign County, where the University of Illinois is conducting a huge number of tests of students, could be required to impose mitigation efforts if those levels don’t improve.

On Tuesday the state announced that Region 1, in the northwest corner of the state, will join Region 4 in having to adhere to enhanced mitigation efforts..

The statewide positive rate in Illinois today is 3.9%, compared to a seven-day average for the state of 3.6%.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 58,546 tests today, up from Tuesday’s 45,624.

The IDPH reported tests of 194 Evanston residents today, down from 435 Tuesday. It found three positive cases here for a positive rate today of 1.6% compared to a seven-day average rate for the city of 1.5%. The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,136 cases.

By the city’s count, Evanston has a total of 1,146 COVID-19 cases. The city’s death toll from the disease remained unchanged today at 73.

Chicago reported 326 new cases today for a total of 80,265. Its coronavirus death toll increased by one to 2,960.

Suburban Cook County reported 439 more cases today for a total of 65,197 and three more deaths for a total of 2,265.

Those who died in Cook County today ranged in age from a man in his 60s to a woman more than 100 years old.

The state now has 293,274 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 35 more deaths today for a total of 8,672.

As of last night, 1,632 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 378 patients were in the ICU and 152 of those were on ventilators.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who is in isolation after one of his staffers was diagnosed with COVID-19, did an online update on the coronavirus situation this noon.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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