The number of confirmed cases of Evanston residents having COVID-19 grew to 55 as of 3 p.m. today, March 26, according to information provided by the City of Evanston. The accompanying chart shows the trend starting on March 19. The first confirmed case of an Evanston resident was reported on March 13.

At a specially called meeting this evening at 6 p.m., City Council is scheduled to consider whether to extend the State of Emergency in Evanston declared by Mayor Stephen Hagerty on March 15. Under State law, the Mayor’s declaration lasts only seven days unless City Council consents to extend it. City staff recommended that Council extend the State of Emergency until April 13, the date of the scheduled Council meeting.

Evanston Township High School announced yesterday that Governor J.B. Pritzker would not make a decision until April 8 about whether or not to keep schools closed. ETHS officials will defer making a decision on whether to open the high school until after that decision.

The Evanston RoundTable recently established a section of its online newspaper where all articles relating to COVID-19 are collected. The articles may be accessed by clicking on COVID-19 in the top navigation bar. There is a drop-down section that contains articles posted by the RoundTable. The second drop down section is a mini-CDC site that is contains CDC’s updates.