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Three new COVID-19 cases here, governor’s staffer tests positive

Evanston health officials reported three new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. Statewide there were 1,362 new cases.

Evanston health officials reported three new COVID-19 cases among city residents today. Statewide there were 1,362 new cases.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced today that a member of his staff has tested positive for COVID-19. He said he and all close contacts of the staff member have tested negative and will self-isolate for 14 days.

The statewide positive rate in Illinois today is 3%, compared to a seven-day average for the state of 3.6%.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 45,624 tests today, up from Monday’s 41,142.

The IDPH reported tests of 435 Evanston residents today, up from 239 Monday. It found five positive cases here for a positive rate today of 1.2% compared to a seven-day average rate for the city of 1.5%. The state now says Evanston has had a total of 1,133 cases.

By the city’s count, Evanston has a total of 1,141 COVID-19 cases. The city’s death toll from the disease remained unchanged today at 73.

Chicago reported 174 new cases today for a total of 79,939. Its coronavirus death toll increased by three to 2,959.

Suburban Cook County reported 208 more cases today for a total of 64,758 and one more death for a total of 2,262.

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 291,001 COVID-19 cases, and it reported 23 more deaths today for a total of 8,637.

As of last night, 1,535 people in Illinois were reported to be in the hospital with COVID-19. Of those, 363 patients were in the ICU and 151 of those were on ventilators.

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