There were 29 new COVID-19 cases of Evanstonians today, which set a record for Evanston. There have been a total of 1,489 cases of Evanstonians, 311 of which are active.

For the week ending Oct. 29, Northwestern has reported a total of 58 new COVID-19 cases. This, however, includes faculty, staff  and students who do not live in Evanston.

There were 7,899 new confirmed COVICD-19 cases in Illinois today, a number that blew through yesterday’s all-time record of 6,943. There were also a record number of tests administered: 92,636.

The Statewide 7-day test positivity rate jumped to 9.0%. This indicates that the virus has not been contained and that it is still spreading

Another disturbing trend is that the number of hospitalizations in the State have increased to 3,228, which is double the number since Oct. 1

Dr. Ngozi Ezike Director of Illinois Department of Public Health said earlier this week that contact tracers were “stretched thin,” when the new cases were at about 6,000 a day. The increased numbers makes it more difficult to contain the virus through contact tracing.

For yesterday’s in-depth story, click here.

Larry Gavin

Larry Gavin was a co-founder of the Evanston RoundTable in 1998 and assisted in its conversion to a non-profit in 2021. He has received many journalism awards for his articles on education, housing and...