Evanston health officials reported 63 new COVID-19 cases today, breaking the previous one-day high of 60 cases on Nov. 13. The city’s death toll remained unchanged at 88.

Statewide there were 9,757 new cases today, compared to 12,542 yesterday, for a new total of 748,603.

The state reported 236 deaths today, compared to 125 yesterday, for a new total of 12,639. Today’s total of deaths is a new record for the state, surpassing the 191 deaths reported May 13.

State officials at a news conference this afternoon said it’s unclear to what extent the new high counts are a result of delayed reporting over the holiday weekend.

The state reported 85,007 COVID-19 tests today, compared to 116,081 yesterday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 952 Evanston residents today, compared to 917 yesterday. It found 70 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 7.4%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,480 cases, while Evanston’s health department counts 2,416 cases.

Chicago reported 1,441 new cases today for a total of 165,182. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 37 today to 3,529.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,971 more cases today for a total of 148,952 and 34 more deaths for a total of 2,999.

Those who died in Cook County today included three women and one man in their 40s, one woman and five men in their 50s, three women and four men in their 60s, nine women and 19 men in their 70s, eight women and five men in their 80s and eight women and five men in their 90s.

As of last night, 5,764 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,190 patients were in the ICU and 714 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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