Evanston health officials reported two new COVID-19 cases among city residents today while 1,467 cases were reported across Illinois.

That’s the lowest new statewide case count in a few days, but still well above the three-digit range that was common until cases started to surge at the middle of last month.

Evanston now has had a total of 870 cases. The death toll here has remained unchanged at 71 since July 11.

Chicago reported 396 more cases today for a total of 61,601 and one additional death for a total of 2,787.

Suburban Cook County had 186 new cases today for a total of 45,112 and five more deaths for a total of 2,107.

Statewide the case count now has reached 181,943 and the death toll increased by 14 today to 7,517.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported test results for 38,945 people today with a positive rate of 3.8% down from 4.1% on Saturday. The seven-day average positive rate now is 3.9%

The IDPH reported test results for 242 Evanston residents today and found one new case for a positive rate of 0.83%

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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