Evanston health officials reported five new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. Statewide there were 2,818 new cases.

The statewide positive rate in Illinois today is 3.9%, and the seven-day average is 3.8%.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 71,599 tests today, down slightly from Thursday’s 72,491.

The IDPH reported tests of 688 Evanston residents today, compared to 761 Thursday. It found five positive cases here for a positive rate today of 0.7%, compared to the seven-day average of 1.5%. A week ago, the seven-day rate for Evanston was 1.2%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,191 cases.

By the city’s count, Evanston has a total of 1,195 COVID-19 cases. The city’s death toll from the disease remained unchanged today at 73.

The latest seven-day average positive rate for some other communities:

  • Chicago 3.5%.
  • Suburban Cook County 2.4%
  • Skokie 2.2%
  • Wilmette 2.3%

Chicago reported 440 new cases today for a total of 83,510. Its coronavirus death toll increased by four today to 2,987.

Suburban Cook County reported 477 more cases today for a total of 68,877 and six more death for a total of 2,302.

Those who died in Cook County today ranged from a man in his 40s to two women in their 80s.

The IDPH today said 26 counties are at a warning level for the coronavirus disease. That’s down from 28 last week. None of those counties are in the Chicago metro area.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today announced that the metro East region, near St. Louis, has cut its positive rate from 10% last month to 5.8% now, and so increased mitigation restrictions will be lifted there as of 5 p.m. today.

The state now has 313,518 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 35 more deaths today for a total of 8,945.

As of last night, 1,812 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 395 patients were in the ICU and 153 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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