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The number of new cases of Evanstonians in the last week declined by 50% when compared to the prior week. The test positivity rate dropped to 2.9%. Both are good signs. But the number of new cases per 100,000 is still in a range of accelerated spread, according to benchmarks set by some experts.

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 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents today.

The average number of new cases per day in the last seven days is 14.3. The average for the week ending Dec. 22 was 29, so a drop of 50% in one week.  For purposes of comparison, on Oct. 12, the seven-day average was 5.6.

There has been a total of 3,059 COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents during the pandemic, 416 of which are active. An accompanying chart shows the trend.

In the last seven days, there was a total of 100 new COVID-19 cases of Evanstonians. That equates to about 133 new cases per 100,000 people in the seven-day period. IDPH’s target is 50.

The case positivity rate over the last seven days is 2.9%.

No Evanstonian died due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, so the number of deaths due to COVID-19 remains at 94.


 In the State, there were 5,644 new COVID-19 cases reported today. This was the fourth day in a row that new cases have increased.

The seven-day average, though, gives a different picture. Statewide, the average number of new cases per day in the last seven days is 5,171. This is the nineteenth day in a row that the seven-day average has declined. The all-time high was 12,380 on Nov. 17.

In the seven days ending Dec. 29, the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the State was 286 – which some experts say is at a level of aggressive community spread.

The seven-day case positivity rate for the State today is 7.4% and the test positivity rate is 8.8%. IDPH’s test positivity target is 5%.

On a Statewide basis, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 was 4,313 as of midnight on Dec. 28, which is the fourth increase in four days. The number is down from an all-time high of 6,171 on Nov. 23.

The number of patients using ICU beds is 904, down from 1,195 on Dec. 1. The number of patients on ventilators is 506, down from 724 on Dec. 1.

On a Statewide basis, there were 106 deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, which brings the total to 16,179.

For the last seven days, the numbers of deaths in the State are 135, 96, 156, 66 104, 105, and 106 today. The seven-day average is 110. This is down from 154 a few weeks ago.


Key Targets for COVID-19 Metrics

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

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...