Evanston health officials reported five new COVID-19 cases among city residents today while the state reported 2,356 cases, the highest number in nearly three months.

The state also reported a record high for coronavirus testing, with results reported for 56,766 residents, nearly 10% more than the previous record, set on Friday.

The statewide positive rate today was 4.2% compared to the seven day average of 4.3%

Evanston now has a total of 965 cases, but its death toll has remained unchanged for nearly a month-and-a-half at 71.

Chicago reported 453 new cases today for a total of 68,368 and six more deaths for a total of 2,850.

Suburban Cook County reported 470 more cases for a total of 52,199 and five more deaths for a total of 2,158.

The statewide case count now stands at 218,285 and with 17 more deaths today the death toll stands at 7,874.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported test results for 376 Evanston residents today and found four new cases for a positive rate of 1.1%.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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