Evanston health officials say there were six new COVID-19 cases here today and the state recorded its highest number of new cases in more than two months.

The state’s 1,953 cases was the highest since the 2,508 recorded on May 24.

Evanston’s case count of today was up from its seven-day average of 3.6 cases and the state’s seven-day average hit 1,647.

Chicago had 350 new cases today for a total of 62,807 and two additional deaths for a total of 2,800.

Suburban Cook County had 375 new cases today for a total of 46,343 and one additional death for a total of 2,112.

The city said Evanston’s case count now stands at 886. It’s death toll remained unchanged at 71 for the 27th day.

Statewide the case count now stands at 188,424 and the death count increased by 21 today to 7594.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported test results for 41,686 people today with a positive rate of 4.7%, up from the seven-day average of 4%. The number of tests reported today was just a bit above the seven-day average of 41,138.

The IDPH reported test results for 214 Evanston residents today and said 11 of those results were positive for a positive rate of 4%. The IDPH count of total cases in Evanston now is a bit ahead of the city’s count at 889 cases.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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