<p>Evanston health officials reported four new COVID-19 cases among city residents today while across Illinois 1,076 people were diagnosed with the disease.</p>

<p>Evanston now has a total of 859 cases of the novel coronavirus, but the city’s death toll from the pandemic has held steady at 71 for the past two-and-a-half weeks.</p>

<p>Chicago reported 288 new cases today for a total of 59,691 and nine more deaths for a total of 2,765.</p>

<p>Suburban Cook County had 145 additional cases today for a total of 43,750 and six more deaths for a total of 2,092.</p>

<p>The state’s case count rose to 173,731 today while the number of deaths rose by 30 to 7,446.</p>

<p>The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of tests of 28,331 people today, the lowest number of tests results in the past three weeks. The positive rate today was 3.8% and that was also the seven-day average positive rate.</p>

<p>The IDPH reported test results for 136 Evanstonians today and with four positive cases the positive rate here was 2.8%</p>

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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