Evanston health officials reported seven new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. Statewide there were 2,206 new cases.

The Illinois Department of Public Health today said 28 counties are considered to be at a warning level for possible additional activity restrictions to cope with the pandemic. That’s up from 17 last week, but none of those counties are in the Chicago metro area.

The IDPH said common factors for the increased case counts that led to the warnings include college parties and sports teams, large gatherings and events, bars and clubs, weddings and funerals, family gatherings, long-term care facilities, correctional centers, schools and community spread, especially among people in their 20s.

The statewide positive rate in Illinois today is 3%, compared to a seven-day average for the state of 3.4%.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 72,691 tests today, up from Thursday’s 65,615.

The IDPH reported tests of 628 Evanston residents today, up from 561 Thursday. It found six positive cases here for a positive rate today of 1.0% compared to a seven-day average rate for the city of 1.2%. The seven-day rate here is down from 1.7% a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,144 cases.

By the city’s count, Evanston has a total of 1,157 COVID-19 cases. The city’s death toll from the disease remained unchanged today at 73.

Chicago reported 332 new cases today for a total of 81,012. Its coronavirus death toll increased by two to 2,964.

Suburban Cook County reported 433 more cases today for a total of 65,905 and eight more deaths for a total of 2,275.

Those who died in Cook County today ranged in age from a man in his 40s to a woman in her 90s.

The state now has 297,646 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 47 more deaths today for a total of 8,743.

As of last night, 1,678 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 373 patients were in the ICU and 162 of those were on ventilators.

Evanston Mayor Steve Hagerty hosted a coronavirus Q&A video interview this noon with officials from Northwestern University and the city’s health director, Ike Ogbo.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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