Evanston health officials reported six new COVID-19 cases today raising the city’s total to 760 and four more deaths increasing the death toll here from the pandemic to 66.

Chicago reported 173 new cases for a total of 49,776 and 28 more deaths for a total of 2,427 lives lost.

Statewide there were 623 new cases for a total of 133,639 and 72 additional deaths for a total of 6,398.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 18,729 additional tests for the disease today with a positive rate of 3.33%, that’s slightly higher than the seven-day average positive rate of 3.0%

The IDPH reported results of 89 more COVID-19 tests in Evanston and found four new cases, for a positive rate of 4.5%

All four regions of the state remain on track with the disease control metrics established to move to the next phase of the Reopen Illinois plan late this month.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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