Today's statistics for Covid-19/Evanston residents
Confirmed cases: 777 (two new cases since yesterday). Deaths: 68 (no additional deaths since yesterday), according to the City’s website.
Community testing will be offered next Monday, June 29 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the James Park Field House parking lot, located on Mulford Street west of Dodge Avenue and the Levy Senior Center, while supplies last: Testing will be offered in a drive-through format; however, walk-ins will also be accepted. Testing is free, and no appointment is needed to participate.
A doctor will be on site to answer questions, and Spanish-speaking team members will be available to assist, as needed.
Participants in need will be provided with a face covering upon arrival, and should maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from non-family members at the event.
Test results are expected to be available within four days of testing. AMITA Health St. Francis Hospital will follow up with all who are tested to provide results, whether positive or negative, and additional education and instructions, as needed.
In addition to these community testing events, residents can access free testing at State community-based testing sites. Testing may also be provided through a resident's primary healthcare provider.
Covid-19 Q&A with Mayor Hagerty and City staff
Mayor Hagerty and City staff will discuss Phase 4 public health guidelines and the City's safe reopening and recovery plans as part of a live "Coronavirus Q&A" on Tuesday, June 30 at noon.
Illinois and Evanston are expected to enter Phase 4, Revitalization, of the State's Restore Illinois recovery plan this Friday, June 26. Under Phase 4, certain businesses and activities may resume with public safety guidelines in place.
The live question and answer session will be broadcast on City Channel 16 and streamed on the City's Facebook page and YouTube channel, and will feature representatives from the City's Health and Human Services Department, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Evanston Public Library, Economic Development Division, Public Works Agency, and Administrative Services Department.
Residents can to submit questions in advance or live during the broadcast using the City's online question form. Questions may also be submitted by calling or texting 847-448-4311.
In an email yesterday, Mayor Hagerty provided a status report about Covid-19 in Evanston:
Evanston has seen a significant decline of new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with an average of two new cases per day over the last seven-days, with a test positivity rate of under two percent.
8,000 residents have been tested so far.
The effective reproductive rate continues to decline, with each COVID-19-positive person infecting less than one other person, on average.
Cases per 10,000 residents is holding steady at 102, less than Skokie and Chicago.
As of today, Evanston has had 777 confirmed cases and 68 deaths. Currently there are 25 active cases of COVID-19. Evanston's fatality rate continues to be high relative to Skokie and Chicago, due in part to the fact that Evanston has 11 IDPH-licensed long-term care facilities with 1,360 beds, significantly more than nearby communities.
"These fatalities are a reminder that we must remain vigilant in our efforts to stem the spread," said Mayor Hagerty. "I cannot stress this enough – we are susceptible to a second wave, as happened in 1918. This means we must continue to wear face coverings, physically distance, stay at home when sick, and frequently and thoroughly wash our hands."
This will be even more important as Illinois move into Phase 4, Revitalization, this Friday, June 26. As one meme recently put it, said Hagerty, “The relaxation of isolation rules doesn’t mean the pandemic is over. It means they have room for you in the ICU.”
Click here for more Evanston Covid-19 information.
Covid-19 statistics for Illinois
Illinois health officials today announced 715 new known cases of COVID-19 and 64 additional fatalities, bringing the total number of known cases to 138,540 and the death toll to 6,770 statewide.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker said today he is not currently considering asking visitors to Illinois from states with spiking coronavirus infection rates to quarantine upon arrival, a measure the governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced they would impose as summer officially begins.