Evanston reported six new COVID-19 cases today raising the total here to 114. The statewide count rose by 899 to a total of 11,256.

There were 318 new cases in Chicago for a total of 4,614. Skokie reported four new cases for a total of 142.

The state reported 31 new deaths today for a total of 274. Chicago reported 14 new deaths for a total of 90. Evanston reported one additional death after Evanston Now’s Saturday’s story was published for a total that now stands at two. Skokie’s death toll remained unchanged today at seven.

The chart above shows Evanston’s daily count of new cases along with the seven-day-average of new cases, which smooths day-to-day variations and may provide a better indication of when the city has started to “bend-the-curve” enough to signal that the peak of the pandemic here has passed. The equivalent data for the state as a whole is shown below.

At his news conference this afternoon, Gov. J.B. Pritzker discussed a new program that will see the state cover most or all of the cost of child care services for all workers deemed essential under the state’s stay-at-home order and praised efforts by operators of small group child care centers to pick up the slack when many larger child care centers were ordered to close because of the risk of spreading the disease.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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