Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Evanston health officials reported eight new COVID-19 cases today and the city’s death toll increased by one to 88.

Statewide there were 6,190 new cases, compared to 7,178 yesterday, for a new total of 726,304. The state reported 85 deaths, compared to 56 yesterday, for a new total of 12,278.

At his news conference today, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said it’s not time to ease off on pandemic control restrictions.

The state reported 66,980 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 62,740 yesterday and to a daily average of more than 100,000 before the holiday weekend began.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 349 Evanston residents today, compared to 391 yesterday. It found eight positive cases for a daily positive rate of 2.3%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,383 cases, while Evanston’s health department counts 2,322 cases.

Chicago reported 974 new cases today for a total of 161,776. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 24 today to 3,478.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,175 more cases today for a total of 144,593 and 41 more deaths for a total of 2,958.

Those who died in Cook County today included a woman in her 30s, one woman and one man in their 50s, five women and six men in their 60s, 12 women and 11 men in their 70s, 10 women and 13 men in their 80s and three women and two men in their 90s.

As of last night, 5,849 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,217 patients were in the ICU and 715 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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