Evanston health officials reported four new COVID-19 cases among city residents today while the state recorded its highest number of new cases in nearly three months.

Evanston’s case count now stands at 951 while the death toll here has remained unchanged at 71 since July 11.

Chicago reported 437 new cases today for a total of 67,110 and five more deaths for a total of 2,836.

Suburban Cook County had 404 new cases for a total of 50,902 and five more deaths for a total of 2,148.

Statewide 2,295 new cases were reported today, the highest one-day number since May 24. The state’s case count now totals 211,889. The state’s death toll grew by 24 today to 7,836.

The state topped the 50,000 mark for COVID-19 tests for the first time today, reporting results for 50,299 people. The day’s positive test rate was 4.6% and the seven-day average positive rate now stands at 4.4%

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests results for 248 Evanston residents today and said seven of them tested positive, for a positive rate of 3.3%.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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