The number of confirmed cases of Evanston residents having COVID-19 grew to 81 as of 3 p.m. today, March 31, according to information provided by the City of Evanston. This is an increase of 10 cases since yesterday, March 30. The accompanying chart (in the rotating chart box) shows the trend starting on March 19. The first confirmed case of an Evanston resident was reported on March 13.

In the last two days, the increases were 1 and 3 cases, respectively, so a 10 case increase represents a big jump. The second chart in the rotating chart box shows the average daily increase in COVID-19 cases in Evanston and also the three-day average increase for the dates indicated.

For Chicago, the COVID-19 cases grew from 2,198 to 2,693 since yesterday, the cases grew in Cook County from 3,727 to 4,496, and the cases in Illinois grew from 5,057 to 5,994. A total of 35,225 people in Illinois have been tested for COVID-19. The trends are shown in the third chart in the rotating chart box.

A study that was updated yesterday forecasts that the deaths due to COVID-19 in Illinois will peak in mid-April, and then start declining, assuming the restrictions in place in the State remain in place.

Earlier today, Gov. J.B. Pritzker extended the Stay-at-Home ordeer until April 30. School District 65 quickly announced that its schools will remain closed through at least April 30. School District 202 is expected to close the high school through at least that date as well.

The Evanston RoundTable has 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.

The RoundTable thanks Karen Larkin for her assistance in providing data for this article.