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The number of new cases of Evanstonians dropped significantly in the last three days; and the number of new cases in the State today was lowest in two months. While a low number of tests may be a factor in the low number of cases in the State, Evanston had a relatively high number of tests in the last three days.
Health experts still fear a possible surge following the travel and gatherings over the holidays. Some say the impact will not be known for several weeks.
There were 9 new confirmed COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents today. Yesterday there were 8, and the day before 13.
The average number of new cases per day in the last seven days is 16.7. For purposes of comparison, on Oct. 12, the seven-day average was 5.6.
There has been a total of 3,014 COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents during the pandemic, 418 of which are active. An accompanying chart shows the trend. 
In the last seven days, there was a total of 117 new COVID-19 cases of Evanstonians. That equates to about 158 new cases per 100,000 people in the seven-day period.
The case positivity rate over the last seven days is 3.0%.
No Evanstonian died due to COVID-19 in the last four days. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 94.
In the State, there were 3,293 COVID-19 cases reported today. This was the lowest number since Oct. 19. The above chart shows a downward trend in new cases since Nov. 13.
Statewide, the average number of new cases per day in the last seven days is 5,681. This is down from an all-time high of 12,380 on Nov. 17.
In the seven days ending Dec. 26, the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the State was 314. IDPH’s target is 50, which indicates that the number of new cases in the State is still at a level of aggressive community spread.
The seven-day case positivity rate for the State today is 6.8% and the test positivity rate is 8.5%. IDPH’s test positivity target is 5%.
On a Statewide basis, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 was 4,021 as of midnight on Dec. 25. This is down from an all-time high of 6,171 on Nov. 23. A significant decrease in the last two days may be due to a people’s desire to be home for Christmas.
The number of patients using ICU beds is 974, down from 1,195 on Dec. 1. The number of patients on ventilators is 499, down from 724 on Dec. 1.
On a Statewide basis, there were 66 deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, which brings the total to 15, 865.
For the last seven days, the numbers of deaths in the State are 78, 98, 116, 135, 96, 156, and 66 today. The seven-day average is 106.
FOR A MORE DETAILED ARTICLE COVERING KEY METRICS FOR EVANSTON, SUBURBAN COOK COUNTY, CHICAGO AND ILLIONOIS AS OF DEC. 23 CLICK HERE.
IDPH Benchmark Targets
IDPH in its Metrics for School Determination of Community Spread sets these targets:
– Test positivity rate: 5% or less
– Weekly Cases per 100,000: 50 or less
– New cases in a week compared to the prior week: decreasing or stable