Evanston health officials reported four new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, raising the pandemic case count here to 809. The death toll from the disease remained unchanged today at 70.

Chicago had 202 new cases today for a total of 54,044 and one more death for a total of 2,650.

Across Illinois there were 980 new cases — the highest number in more than a month — raising the total to 149,432. Illinois recorded 36 more COVID-19 deaths today for a total of 7,099.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 32,742 tests for the disease today with a 3.0% positive rate. That’s up from the seven-day average positive rate of 2.6%

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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