Evanston health officials reported seven new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. Statewide there were 2,630 new cases.

The statewide positive rate in Illinois today is 4.5%, and the seven-day average is 3.5%.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 58,820 tests today, up from Tuesday’s 49,513.

The IDPH reported tests of 304 Evanston residents today, compared to 224 Tuesday. It found six positive cases here for a positive rate today of 2.0%, compared to the seven-day average of 1.5%. A week ago, the seven-day rate for Evanston was also 1.5%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,180 cases.

By the city’s count, Evanston has a total of 1,184 COVID-19 cases. The city’s death toll from the disease remained unchanged today at 73.

The latest seven-day average positive rate for some other communities:

  • Chicago 3.3%.
  • Suburban Cook County 3.5%
  • Skokie 2.5%
  • Wilmette 1.7%

Chicago reported 324 new cases today for a total of 82,557. Its coronavirus death toll increased by four to 2,983.

Suburban Cook County reported 488 more cases today for a total of 67,843 and one more death for a total of 2,290.

Those who died in Cook County today included four men, ranging in age from their 60s to 90s and a woman in her 80s.

The state now has 307,641 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 42 more deaths today for a total of 8,878.

As of last night, 1,679 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 372 patients were in the ICU and 165 of those were on ventilators.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker today noted that the state is now averaging nearly 60,000 COVID-19 tests a day and has topped 6 million total tests so far during the pandemic.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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