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State: 48 new COVID-19 cases in Evanston

Governor sees "glimmer of hope" as COVID positive rates decline, but says people need to keep follow mitigation procedures to avoid a post-Thanksgiving surge.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker

State health officials reported 48 new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents today, compared to 28 reported by the city on Sunday.

Statewide there were 8,322 new cases, down from 10,012 on Sunday, and the state reported 46 more deaths, down from 76 Sunday, for a new total of 11,552.

The state reported 91,562 COVID-19 tests today, down from 92,437 on Sunday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 9.1% today. That’s down from 10.5% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 11.5%, down from 13.7% a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 910 Evanston residents today. It found 48 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 5.3%. The seven-day positive rate here is now 3.4%, compared to 3.2% a week ago.

Although Evanston’s positive rate has been rising somewhat from levels much lower than in much of the rest of the state, there have been encouraging declines elsewhere.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, at a news conference this afternoon, said recent declines in the number of coronavirus cases and the positive rate “certainly is good news.” But statewide the positivity numbers are still in double-digits and new cases are running more than 10,000 a day.

“We have to bring these numbers down, and its going to take weeks, not days” to accomplish that, the governor said.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 2,222 cases.

Evanston’s health department had not posted updated case counts for today as of 3:30 p.m. (Update: The city later said there were 53 new cases on Monday, but the city’s COVID death toll remained unchanged at 84.)

Here are the latest seven-day positive rates for some neighboring communities:

  • Chicago 10.4%, down from 12.8% a week ago.
  • Skokie 9.9%, down from 10.8% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 6.8%, down from 8.2% a week ago.

Chicago reported 1,689 new cases today for a total of 150,773. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 19 today to 3,354.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,632 more cases today for a total of 133,444 and 14 more deaths for a total of 2,785.

Those who died in Cook County today included four men in their 50s, two women and four men in their 60s, three women and six men in their 70s, five women and three men in their 80s and five woman and two man in their 90s.

The state now has had 664,620 COVID-19 cases.

As of last night, 6,171 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 1,206 patients were in the ICU and 635 of those were on ventilators — all numbers that were up from Sunday.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

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