Evanston health officials reported three new COVID-19 cases today while the state recorded the highest one-day death toll from the disease in more than two months.

Evanston’s coronavirus case count now stands at 994 while the death toll here remained unchanged today at 72.

Chicago reported 156 new cases for a total of 71,441 and two more deaths for a total of 2,879.

Suburban Cook County had 259 new cases for a total of 55,551 and five more deaths for a total of 2,186.

Across Illinois there were 1,592 new cases for a total of 236,615 and 38 more deaths for a total of 8,064.

The number of test results the Illinois Department of Public Health reported statewide today, 22,961, was the lowest since early July and caused the daily positive test rate to jump to 6.9%, compared to a seven-day average of 4.3%

The IDPH included test results for 126 Evanston residents and found seven new cases, all but one of them in the 60201 ZIP Code.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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