For only the sixth time in nearly four months, Evanston reported no new COVID-19 cases today. Meanwhile the state’s count of new cases fell to 614, its lowest number in nearly two weeks.

As of today Evanston has had a total of 803 cases of the disease, and city officials say 26 Evanstonians are currently ill with it.

Evanston’s COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged today at 70.

Chicago reported 139 new COVID-19 caes today, its lowest number in two weeks, reaching a total of 53,670 cases. Chicago’s death toll increased by just two today, the lowest increase in over a week, and now totals 2,636.

The statewide case count hit 147,865 and the statewide death toll rose by six to 7,026.

Somewhat dampening the encouraging news about case counts was a decline in the number of COVID-19 test results today.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 21,134 tests today, the smallest number reported in nearly two weeks.

The positive rate for tests today was 2.9%, while the seven-day average now stands at 2.6%

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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