For the second day in a row, Evanston health officials reported six new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. Statewide there were 1,453 new cases.

The statewide positive rate in Illinois today is 2.8%, and the seven-day average is 3.3%.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 51,656 tests today, down dramatically from Saturday’s 71,634.

The IDPH reported tests of 324 Evanston residents today, down from 661 Saturday. It found 14 positive cases here for a positive rate today of 1.3%, matching the seven-day average rate for the city. The seven-day rate here is down from 1.9% a week ago.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,163 cases.

By the city’s count, Evanston has a total of 1,169 COVID-19 cases. The city’s death toll from the disease remained unchanged today at 73.

The latest seven-day average positive rate for some other communities:

  • Chicago 3.4%.
  • Suburban Cook County 3.8%
  • Skokie 2.3%
  • Wilmette 2.3%

Chicago reported 239 new cases today for a total of 81,702. Its coronavirus death toll increased by eight to 2,976.

Suburban Cook County reported 301 more cases today for a total of 66,679 and three more deaths for a total of 2,280.

Those who died in Cook County today ranged in age from a woman in her 30s to a woman in her 90s.

The state now has 301,541 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 17 more deaths today for a total of 8,791.

As of last night, 1,521 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 384 patients were in the ICU and 140 of those were on ventilators.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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