Evanston health officials reported 23 new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, compared to 38 reported by the city on Wednesday.

The share of Evanston residents who’ve been diagnosed with the coronavirus crossed the 3% mark today. That compares to nearly 5.5% of Illinois residents and nearly 5.8% of Chicago residents who’ve tested positive for the disease.

Statewide there were 12,022 new cases today, up from 11,378 yesterday, and the state reported 131 more deaths, compared to 155 the day before, for a new total of 11,963.

The state reported 107,556 COVID-19 tests today, down from 114,233 yesterday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 10.3% today. That’s down from 12.0% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now 10.9%, down from 12.5% a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 869 Evanston residents today. It found 35 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 4.0%. The seven-day positive rate here is now 3.0%, compared to 3.2% a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,317 cases.

Evanston’s health department today said the city has had a total of 2,258 cases and its death toll increased by one to 85.

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

  • Chicago 9.7%, down from 12.2% a week ago.
  • Skokie 9.9%, down from 10.8% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 7.0%, up from 6.3% a week ago.

Chicago reported 2,611 new cases today for a total of 156,926. Its coronavirus death toll increased by three today to 3,397.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,606 more cases today for a total of 139,203 and 26 more deaths for a total of 2,840.

Those who died in Cook County today included three men in their 40, one woman and one man in their 50s, one man in his 60s, four women and three men in their 70s, nine women and two men in their 80s, one woman and three men in their 90s and a woman over 100 years old.

The state now has had 697,489 COVID-19 cases.

As of last night, 6,032 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,224 patients were in the ICU and 724 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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