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Seven COVID cases here as state hits a two-month high

COVID-19 case counts headed in the wrong direction today statewide and in Evanston.

Evanston health officials reported seven new COVID-19 cases among city residents today as 2,264 more cases were diagnosed statewide — the highest one-day statewide number since May 24.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today listed 14 counties as being at a warning level for the disease. They include Kane and Will counties in the Chicago metro area.

A county is considered to be at a warning level when two or more indicators show a substantial increase in coronavirus cases that could lead to a possible rollback of reopening measures.

The IDPH says the counties involved saw outbreaks associated with weddings, businesses, birthday parties, long-term care facilities and other congregate settings, bars, sports camps and spread among members of the same household.

The state reported results of 49,541 COVID-19 tests today, close to an all-time high, and said the daily positive rate was 4.6% compared to a seven-day average of 4.1%

The IDPH reported test results for 288 Evanston residents today and said the positive rate here was 2%. Five of the seven positive cases today were in Evanston’s 60202 ZIP Code.

Evanston’s total case count now stands at 926 and the death toll remained unchanged today at 71.

Chicago reported 490 new cases today for a total of 65,484 and five more deaths for a total of 2,822.

Suburban Cook county reported 446 more cases today for a total of 49,240 and three more deaths for a total of 2,129.

Statewide the case count now stands at 202,691 and there were 25 more deaths for a total of 7,721.

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