Evanston health officials reported no new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, but death toll across the state reached 8,008.

In marking the death count crossing the 8,000 threshold, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said, “As we mourn the family, friends and neighbors who have been taken too soon, let’s do our part to prevent more senseless tragedy. Wear a mask. Watch your distance. Wash your hands. Every action counts.”

Evanston’s reported death toll from the disease increased by one on Friday to 72 and the city’s case count now stands at 982.

Chicago reported 216 more cases today for a total of 70,549 and one additional death for a total of 2,869.

Suburban Cook County had 333 more cases today for a total of 54,575, but no new deaths, so its death count remained at 2,177.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results from 48,784 tests today and found 1,880 new cases for a positive rate of 3.9%, a bit below the seven-day average of 4%.

The IDPH reported tests on 234 Evanston residents and found two positive cases for a positive rate of 0.9%

The state’s total COVID case count now stands at 231.363.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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