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Evanston health officials reported one new COVID-19 case today bringing the total here to 761 while 546 more cases were reported across Illinois for a statewide total of 134,185.

Chicago reported 153 more cases for a total of 49,929.

Evanston’s COVID-19 death toll remained at 66 today. Chicago reported 15 more deaths for a total of 2,442 and the statewide death toll increased by 87 to 6,485.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 29,987 tests for the disease, a new record high, and the positive rate of today’s tests, 1.8%, is a new record low. The seven-day average positive rate now stands at 2.8%

The IDPH said 205 of those tests were of Evanston residents and with only one positive test, the positive rate here today was just 0.5%

All four regions of the state continue to be on track to meet the standards for moving to the next phase of the Restore Illinois plan later this month.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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