COVID-19 cases in Illinois hit their highest level in nearly two months today while Evanston health officials reported two new cases among city residents.

Evanston’s death toll remained unchanged today at 71 while the case count reached 846.

Chicago reported 386 new cases today for a total of 58,080 and seven more deaths for a total of 2,743.

Suburban Cook County had 285 new cases for a total of 42,715 and two more deaths for a total of 2,067.

Statewide there were 1,624 new cases for a total of 166,925 and 20 more deaths for a total of 7367.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported results of tests on 39,706 state residents today, the fourth highest daily test count ever, with a positive rate of 4.1%, compared to a seven-day average positive rate of 3.4%

The IDPH included 268 Evanston residents in its testing figures for today and said four Evanstonians tested positive for a positive rate of 1.5%. That number was twice the positive count reported by the city. The IDPH said three of the positive cases were from the north Evanston 60201 ZIP Code, with the remaining one from the south Evanston 60202 ZIP Code.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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