Evanston health officials reported nine new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents today. Statewide there were 3,629 new cases.

Today’s case numbers declined substantially from Friday’s figures of 22 cases in Evanston and the record 4,554 cases statewide.

The seven-day positive rate statewide now 5.2%, up from 4.0% a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 77,489 tests today, down from Friday’s 87,759.

The IDPH reported tests of 964 Evanston residents today. It found six positive cases for a positive rate of 0.6%, compared to the seven-day average of 2.2%. A week ago, the seven-day rate for Evanston was 1.7%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,277 cases.

The city now says Evanston has had a total of 1,281 cases. The city’s death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged today at 73.

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

  • Chicago 5.4%.
  • Suburban Cook County 5.8%
  • Skokie 4.1%
  • Wilmette 5.1%

Chicago reported 885 new cases today for a total of 88,460. Its coronavirus death toll increased by six today to 3,013.

Suburban Cook County reported 690 more cases today for a total of 73,760 and five more deaths for a total of 2,337.

Those who died in Cook County today included a woman in her 20s, a man in his 50s, three men in their 60s, a woman in her 70s, two women and three men in their 80s and a man in his 90s.

The state now has 339,803 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 27 more deaths today for a total of 9,192.

As of last night, 2,073 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 422 patients were in the ICU and 165 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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