The seven-day average of new cases in Evanston is 14.4, down from 21.6 for the prior seven days.  The test positivity rate is 3.2%. The number of new cases per 100,000 is 134, 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. Another potential factor is that the mutation of the COVID-19 virus that was prevalent in the U.K. has been found to exist in two states, Colorado and California.

Scientists do not know how much the new mutation may have already spread in the U.S., but they are concerned about the implications it may have on the spread of the virus.

The mutation is thought to be more contagious and difficult to contain, but not more deadly and not more likely to cause a severe illness.


There were 17 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. 24 was 21.6.  For purposes of comparison, on Oct. 12, the seven-day average was 5.6.

There has been a total of 3,098 COVID-19 cases of Evanston residents during the pandemic, 326 of which are active. An accompanying chart shows the trend.

In the last seven days, there was a total of 101 new COVID-19 cases of Evanstonians. That equates to about 134 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 3.2%.

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 8,009 new COVID-19 cases reported today. This was the fifth day in a row that new cases have increased. In seven days starting on Dec. 25, the number of new cases have been:  5,742, 3,293, 3,767, 4,453, 5,644, 7,374, and 8,009 today.

Statewide, the average number of new cases per day in the last seven days is 5,469. This is the second day in a row that the seven-day average has increased. The all-time high was 12,380 on Nov. 17.

The relatively low number of new cases in the period Dec. 26 to 29 may be due in part to a lower number of tests administered in that four day period. The number of tests administered in the four-day period averaged 55,376 tests per day.  Prior to that the seven-day average has been over 90,000 tests per day. Today the number of tests jumped back to 99,426.

In the seven days ending Dec. 31, the number of new cases per 100,000 people in the State was 302 – which some experts say is at a level of aggressive community spread.

The seven-day case positivity rate for the State today is 7.7% and the test positivity rate is 9.0%. IDPH’s test positivity target is 5%.

On a Statewide basis, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 was 4,093 as of midnight on Dec. 30, down 151 from the day before.  The number is down from an all-time high of 6,171 on Nov. 23.

The number of patients using ICU beds is 837, down from 1,195 on Dec. 1. The number of patients on ventilators is 498, down from 724 on Dec. 1.

On a Statewide basis, there were 133 deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, which brings the total to 16,490.

For the last seven days, the number of deaths in the State are 156, 66, 104, 105, 106, 198, and 133  today. The seven-day average is 124. This is down from 154 a few weeks ago.





Key Metrics to Open D65 Schools for In-Person Learning

School District 65 has posted on its website the metrics it plans to use in deciding whether to open it schools. The RoundTable discussed the metrics in an article available here.

 District 65 says it will not open the schools if there are “Three consecutive days averaging greater than or equal to 8% positivity rate (7 day rolling average)” in Suburban Cook County (Region 10) or the there is a “Positivity rate exceeding 3% in attendance-area zip codes.”

There are three populated zip codes that are entirely within the boundaries of District 65: 60201, 60202 and 60203. In addition, zip code 60076 is partially within the boundaries of District 65. Two of the populated zip codes, 60201 and 60202, make up the lion’s share of District 65. These two zip codes are the zip codes for the populated areas of the City of Evanston.

Today, the test positivity rate for cases in Evanston is 3,2%. The test positivity rate for positive tests for Suburban Cook County was 9.1% as of Dec. 28, the most recent data posted by IDPH.