Evanston health officials reported three new COVID-19 cases among city resident today while 1,403 new cases were reported across Illinois.

Evanston’s case count now stands at 1,015 by the city’s tally and at 1,018 in the tally from the Illinois Department of Public Health, which reported test results for 172 Evanston residents today including two positive cases for a positive rate of 1.2%.

Statewide, results of 46,496 tests were reported today for a positive rate of 3%, compared to a seven-day positive rate of 4%. That’s the lowest one-day positive rate since July 18.

Evanston’s death toll from the pandemic remained unchanged today at 72.

Chicago reported 210 new cases today for a total of 73,346 and one more death for a total of 2,894.

Suburban Cook county reported 252 new cases for a total of 57,732 and one more death for a total of 2,200.

Statewide the case count now stands at 249,580 and the death toll rose by five today to 8,171.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and state health officials are urging residents to be careful at Labor Day weekend gatherings — wear masks, keep a safe distance from others and wash hands frequently.

Gathering in large groups, sharing utensils and partying indoors could be a recipe for a resurgence of the virus, they warn.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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