Evanston health officials reported seven new COVID-19 cases among city residents today while across Illinois there were 1,740 additional cases.

The city’s seven-day average of new cases now stands at 5.3, slightly higher than it was a week ago and more than double the 2.3 level it was at two weeks ago.

Evanston now has had a total of 947 COVID-19 cases, but the death toll has remained unchanged at 71 for well over a month.

Chicago today reported 242 new cases for a total of 66,673 and one more death for a total of 2,831.

Suburban Cook County reported 309 new cases for a total of 50,498 and nine more deaths for a total of 2,143.

Statewide the case count now stands at 209,594 and the death toll increased by 26 today to 7,782.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported test results for 34,175 residents today. That’s down substantially from the seven-day average of 41,653 tests. Today’s positive rate statewide was 5.1% compared to the seven-day average of 4.3%

Today’s state numbers included tests on 204 Evanston residents. The state said it identified four new positive cases for a positive rate of 2%. All four of those cases were in the 60201 ZIP Code.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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