Evanston health officials reported two new COVID-19 cases among city residents today while across Illinois 1,773 more people were diagnosed with the disease.

Evanston’s case count now totals 940 and the city’s death toll remained unchanged today at 71.

Chicago reported 293 more cases today for a total of 66,431 and two additional deaths for a total of 2,830 fatalities.

Suburban Cook County saw 367 new cases for a total of 50,189 but its death toll remained unchanged at 2,134.

The statewide case count now stands at 207,854 with 12 additional deaths for a total of 7,756.

Rising positive test rates, topping 8% in several Illinois counties near St. Louis led the governor Sunday to impose new restrictions on those areas effective Tuesday. Among other changes, bars and restaurants will have to close by 11 p.m. and gathering sizes will be cut to 25 percent of room capacity. The changes apply to Bond, Clinton, Madison, Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Washington counties.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported test results for 38,246 people statewide today. That’s below the 42,679 seven-day average of tests. The positive test rate today was 4.6% compared to a seven-day average positive rate of 4.2%

The IDPH reported test results for 232 Evanstonians today and reported four positive cases for a 2.5% positive rate.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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