Evanston health officials reported six new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, the highest number since last Thursday. Meanwhile there were 2,157 new cases across the state, the highest number since last Saturday.

Evanston’s coronavirus death toll remained unchanged at 71.

There were 328 new cases in Chicago for a total of 69,594 and four more deaths for a total of 2,861.

Suburban Cook County had 421 new cases for a total of 53,578 and five more deaths for a total of 2,170.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported that the dead in Cook County today included a woman under the age of 20 as well as three people in their 60s, four in their 80s and a man who was over 90 years old.

The IDPH says that as of last night 1,573 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 including 350 in the ICU and 132 on ventilators.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says it now has investigated more than 10,000 deaths this year compared to 6,274 deaths in all of 2019.

The state’s COVID case count now stands at 225,627 and the death toll increased by 37 today to 7,954. The state reported results of 50,362 coronavirus tests today with a positive rate of 4.3% compared to a seven-day average positive rate of 4%

The IDPH reported test results for 249 Evanston residents and said there were 5 positive cases for a positive rate here of 1.7%. Two of the cases were in the 60201 ZIP Code and three in the 60202 ZIP Code.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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