Evanston health officials reported seven new COVID-19 cases among city residents today while the state reported 5,368 new cases as it cleared up a backlog of case reports.

Evanston’s total coronavirus case count now stands at 1,007. The city’s death toll from the disease remained unchanged today at 72.

Chicago reported 718 more cases today for a total of 72,613 and three more deaths for a total of 2,890.

Suburban Cook county reported 815 new cases for a total of 56,932 and three more deaths for a total of 2,196.

With 5,368 new cases reported across the state, the state’s case count now stands at 245,371 and the death toll rose today by 28 to 8,143.

The positive rate for tests reported today was 3.6%, that compares to a seven-day average of 4.1%

The IDPH reported results of 607 more tests of Evanston residents and reported five positive cases for a positive rate of 0.8%. The IDPH count of total cases in Evanston now stands at 1,011.

The state today said 29 of the state’s 102 counties are at a warning level for COVID-19 for having at least two of eight metrics above warning thresholds.

Cook County dropped off the warning list today, with the death count falling back below the warning level, although, at 98 cases per 100,000 residents, the case rate is still nearly double the target level.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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