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Finding a reliable COVID-19 test has grown increasingly difficult. (Photo by Heidi Randhava)

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

For over a week in December during the current surge of COVID-19 cases in Evanston, an unapproved testing site operated in an empty storefront at the corner of Church Street and Maple Avenue.

When the RoundTable contacted the testing center, a spokesperson for the company said the center was open for less than two weeks, and the lab shut down the location after receiving reports of false positive results.

With cases and hospitalizations hitting record highs, Evanston residents are struggling more and more to find reliable tests that deliver efficient results.

The Sunrise fridge (Photo by Carrie Jackson)

New community fridge opens outside Kombucha Brava. A new community fridge decorates the outside of Kombucha Brava, at 717 Custer Street. It bears the name “Sunrise fridge” due to its proximity to the lake, but the name also represents a new start, said the fridge’s co-manager.

COVID by the numbers: 88 cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is 95.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

The house at 239 Greenwood St., as it appears today.

Evanston Dimensions | Ask the Historians. The Queen Anne-style house at 239 Greenwood St., just two doors down from the History Center at the Dawes House, has a long and unusual history.

(Photo by Richard Cahan)

At this time: 8:41 a.m. Tuesday. Daniel Colin sprays the back of his pickup truck at the Aqua Jet Car Wash to get rid of winter salt. It’s a daily task after he and cousin Oscar Colin plow and spread salt in commercial parking lots.

Peggy Tarr: “A Man Of All Seasons” On Dec. 26, the first day of Kwanzaa, the news reported that South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu had passed. My heart sank.

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Around the web

All-American Dream: Linebacker Sebastian Cheeks. This inspiring NBC video features ETHS graduate and North Caroline commit Sebastian Cheeks.

Check out Act Three of This American Life: The Ghost in the Machine, in which Evanstonian Jonah Furman described the unusual and touching way in which he stays connected with his family.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...