Evanston health officials reported six new cases of COVID-19 today, the highest daily number in a month, while statewide the case count hit 1,941 — a level not seen since late May.

Evanston’s total COVID case count now stands at 867, although the death toll remained unchanged again today at 71.

Chicago reported 455 new cases today, its highest number since early June. Chicago’s total case count now stands at 60,827 and the death toll increased by eight today to 2,783.

Suburban Cook County reported 351 new cases today for a total of 44,666 and six more deaths for a total of 2,103.

Illinois now has seen 178,837 coronavirus cases and recorded 17 more deaths for a total of 7,495.

Perhaps offsetting the rising case numbers slightly was a report from the Illinois Department of Health that it had received results of 49,782 tests today, the highest single-day number yet and the positive rate today declined to 3.9% from 4.3% on Thursday. The seven-day average positive rate now stands at 3.9%

The IDPH reported results of tests of 221 Evanston residents today and it reported five new positive cases here for a positve rate of 1.9% Three of the new cases were in the north Evanston 60201 ZIP Code, the other two in the south Evanston 60202 ZIP Code.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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