Evanston health officials reported two more COVID-19 cases among city residents today but its infection rate remains substantially lower than the rate for the state as a whole.

The state recorded 1,373 more coronavirus cases today for a total of 262,744 and 15 more deaths for a total of 8,314.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported test results for 223 Evanston residents and found three positive cases for a positive rate of 1.8%. The city now says Evanston has had 1,055 cases, the state’s count for Evanston stands at 1,050.

Evanston’s coronavirus death count stayed at 73 today.

About 1.4% of Evanston residents have come down with the disease since the pandemic began, compared to 2.1% of state residents and 2.8% of Chicago residents.

Chicago reported 257 new cases today for a total of 75,409 but its death doll remained unchanged at 2,916.

Suburban Cook County reported 2,218 more cases for a total of 59,865 and one additional death for a total of 2,218.

Compared to earlier in the pandemic, the biggest hotspots over the last couple of weeks have tended to be in central and southern Illinois.

The IDPH reported results of 35,930 COVID-19 tests today, down substantially from the seven-day average of 46,350. The statewide positive rate rose to 3.8% today compared to a seven-day average of 3.6%

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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