Evanston health officials reported six new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. Statewide there were 2,742 new cases.

The seven-day average case count today is 2.643 — a level higher than it reached last spring.

But with many more tests being conducted than last spring the statewide positive rate in Illinois today was 5.8%, and the seven-day average is 4.3%. Seven-day positive rates for the state had topped 25% last spring but then fell to just over 2% for parts of the summer.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 47,579 tests today, down substantially from Sunday’s 61,472.

The IDPH reported tests of 610 Evanston residents over the last two days. It found five positive cases Sunday and another five today for a positive rate for the two days of 1.6%, compared to the seven-day average of 1.3%. A week ago, the seven-day rate for Evanston was 1.4%.

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,208 cases.

By the city’s count, Evanston has a total of 1,212 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 4.0%.
  • Suburban Cook County 4.9%
  • Skokie 3.1%
  • Wilmette 3.4%

Chicago reported 506 new cases today for a total of 85,153. Its coronavirus death toll increased by one today to 2,991.

Suburban Cook County reported 542 more cases today for a total of 70,414 and three more deaths for a total of 2,313.

Those who died in Cook County today included a woman in her 50s, two men in their 60s and a woman in her 70s.

The state now has 321,892 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 14 more deaths today for a total of 8,997.

As of last night, 1,764 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 377 patients were in the ICU and 153 of those were on ventilators.

The latest COVID-19 charts for Evanston and Illinois

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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