Evanston health officials reported one new COVID-19 case today and no additional deaths, but statewide there were 673 new cases and 29 more deaths.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported four more cases in Evanston with 139 additional tests conducted for a positive test rate of 2.9%

The city’s case count now lags the state’s by a bit, with Evanston reporting 753 cases here, while the state says there’ve been 758. Evanston has reported a total of 62 deaths of residents from the disease.

Statewide a total of 131,871 COVID-19 cases have been reported, including 6,289 deaths.

Chicago today reported 184 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 49,285 and three more deaths for a total of 2,372.

The IDPH reported results of 21,844 tests for the disease today with a 3.1% positive rate. The seven-day average positive rate now stands at 3.4%.

The state now has performed nearly 1.17 million tests for the disease since the pandemic began.

The seven-day average positive rate continues to remain highest in the northeast region of the state, currently at 8%. compared to between 2% and 4% in other regions. But for the northeast region that’s down from a peak of 28% in early April while the peaks in other regions were considerably lower.

All regions of the state continue to remain on track to move to the next phase of the Restore Illinois reopening plan late this month.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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