Evanston health officials reported 30 new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents today — the highest one-day count yet — as the statewide coronavirus positive rate continued to increase.

Statewide there were 9,935 new cases, up from Wednesday’s 7,538. There were 97 more deaths, bringing the state’s coronavirus death toll to 10,030.

There also was one additional death in Evanston today, raising the city’s death toll from the pandemic to 76.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker, at a news conference this afternoon, said the state is seeing record numbers of new cases and transmission rates are at drastic levels.

The state reported 86,015 coronavirus test results today, up from 71,857 on Wednesday.

The statewide positive rate today was 11.6%, compared to a seven-day average of 9.1%.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 10.1%, up from 7.7% a week ago.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 851 Evanston residents today. It found 28 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 3.3%

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,602 cases.

The city says Evanston has had 1,588 cases.

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

  • Chicago 10.1%, up from 7.8% a week ago.
  • Skokie 7.5%, up from 4.5% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 6.5%, up from 4.0% a week ago.

Chicago reported 2,182 new cases today for a total of 110,752. Its coronavirus death toll increased by 10 today to 3,111.

Suburban Cook County reported 1,619 more cases today for a total of 94,225 and 23 more deaths for a total of 2,463.

Those who died in Cook County today included a man in his 20s, two men in their 50s, a woman and five men in their 60s, two woman and four men in their 70s, three women and five men in their 80s and seven women and one man in their 90s.

The state now has had 447,491 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 97 more deaths today for a total of 10,030.

As of last night, 3,891 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 772 patients were in the ICU and 343 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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