Evanston health officials reported nine new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents today. Statewide there were 4,942 new cases.

The positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 6.2%, up from 5.6% a week ago.

Evanston’s seven-day positive rate is now 1.9%, down from 2.0% a week ago.

The seven-day positive rate statewide is now 5.7%, up from 4.9% a week ago.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state now is headed into a peak that could be “beyond where we were in March and April.”

State officials also have announced plans to start publishing data on the spread of coronavirus cases in schools.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 80,977 tests today, up from Wednesday’s 66,791.

The IDPH reported tests of 592 Evanston residents today, compared to 443 on Wednesday. It found nine positive cases.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,324 cases.

The city now says Evanston has had a total of 1,327 cases. The city’s death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged today at 74.

Here are the latest seven-day positive rates for some other communities:

  • Chicago 6.2%, up from 4.8% a week ago.
  • Skokie 3.4%, up from 3.9% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 2.5%, down from 6.3% a week ago.

Chicago reported 1,025 new cases today for a total of 92,431. Its coronavirus death toll increased by four today to 3,029.

Suburban Cook County reported 875 more cases today for a total of 77,608 and four more deaths for a total of 2,361.

Those who died in Cook County today included a man in his 40s, a man in his 50s, three woman and one man in their 80s and two women and a man in their 90s.

The state now has 360,159 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 42 more deaths today for a total of 9,387.

As of last night, 2,463 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 525 patients were in the ICU and 212 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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