Evanston’s health department reported six new cases of COVID-19 among city residents today for a total of 716, while the statewide count rose by 1,462 to a total of 118,917.

Chicago had 419 new cases for a total of 45,085.

Evanston’s pandemic death toll remained at 41 today. There were 23 more deaths in Chicago for a total of 2,098. Statewide the death count rose by 60 to 5,330.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported nine new COVID cases in Evanston from among 126 people tested. The state and city daily figures tend not to match but over time add up to roughly the same totals. The current state total for Evanston is 716 cases, just one off from the city’s count.

The state figures show that most of the new case reported today — 7 of the 9, came from the south Evanston 60202 ZIP Code. Fifty of the tests were conducted in 60202 and 76 in 60201. That means the positive result rate today was 2.6% in north Evanston and 14% in south Evanston.

Statewide 25,343 test results were reported today with a positive rate of 5.8% for the day and a 7.2% average for the past seven days.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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