Evanston health officials reported three new COVID-19 cases among city residents today, raising the total cases here to 817. Meanwhile the state reported 954 new cases, reversing a trend of rising case counts over the last few days.

The state now has reported a total of 153,916 COVID-19 cases and the number of deaths from the virus rose today by 19 to 6,187. Evanston’s death toll remained unchanged today at 71.

Chicago reported 258 new cases today for a total of 55,226 and had seven additional deaths for a total of 2,683.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of 38,894 tests for the disease today, an all-time record. Today’s positive test rate was 2.5%, down from 3.7% on Saturday. The seven-day rolling average positive rate is now 3%.

The IDPH reported test results for 295 Evanston residents today with a 1% positive rate. One of today’s cases was reported in the north Evanston 60201 ZIP Code, the other two in the south Evanston 60202 ZIP Code.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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