State health officials reported 35 new COVID-19 cases among Evanston residents today. Statewide there were 10,573 new cases.

The state reported 64,760 tests today, down from 85,143 on Saturday.

The seven-day positive test rate statewide was 12.7% today. That’s up from 8.1% a week ago.

The seven-day positive test rate in suburban Cook County is now at 13.1%, up from 9.3% a week ago.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said today that if people would simply follow the mitigation strategies the case rates would come down.

The governor also announced stricter Tier 2 mitigation measures will go into effect in three regions of the state on Wednesday as a result of the surge in coronavirus cases there.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported tests of 858 Evanston residents today. It found 35 positive cases for a daily positive rate of 4.1% The seven-day positive rater here is now 2.3%

The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,725 cases.

Evanston’s health department had not updated its figures today as of 3:20 p.m. (Update: A few minutes later the city posted new figures in which it reported 29 new cases for the day, bringing the city’s total to 1,683 cases. The city’s COVID-19 death toll remained unchanged today at 78.)

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

  • Chicago 13.2%, up from 9.2% a week ago.
  • Skokie 10.9%, up from 5.6% a week ago.
  • Wilmette 8.5%, up from 6.5% a week ago.

Chicago reported 2,435 new cases today for a total of 119,960. Its coronavirus death toll increased by one today to 3,138.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,013 more cases today for a total of 103,150 and five more deaths for a total of 2,507.

Those who died in Cook County today included a man in his 50s, a woman in her 70s, three men in their 80s and one man in his 90s.

The state now has had 498,560 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 14 more deaths today for a total of 10,210.

As of last night, 4,409 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 857 patients were in the ICU and 376 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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