Evanston reported its biggest one day increases in deaths of the COVID-19 pandemic today, with four additional deaths raising the total to 34.

The city reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the case count to 688.

Chicago reported 406 new cases for a total of 43,778 and 41 additional deaths for a total of 2,021.

Across Illinois there were 1,111 more cases for a total of 114,306 and 160 additional deaths for a total of 5,083.

The IDPH reported results of tests on 84 additional Evanston residents today, of whom 13 tested positive, for a positive rate of 15.5%. Ten of the 13 positive results came from south Evanston, the 60202 ZIP Code, although only 46 of the tests were conducted there. The state test numbers tend not to exactly match those reported by the city.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker held his daily coronavirus news conference in East St. Louis this afternoon. He told reporters he hopes that Major League Baseball will be able to resume play without fans in the stands next month, but that resumption of other pro sports may take longer.

He said state officials are working to develop guidance for how religious groups might be able to resume indoor services with social distancing and suggested that once those are worked out the might also be adapted to provide a framework for how movie theaters could reopen.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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