(Chicago, IL) The end of June brought continued decent news when it comes to the Coronavirus fight in Illinois.

Health officials on Tuesday announced 724 new cases of Covid-19 along with 23 fatalities, including 2 in Lake County. While the state saw an average of 168 more cases per day over the last week, there was an average of over 46-hundred more tests a day in that same 7-day period.

Positive infection rates continue their steady fall with that increased testing, as the state rate is now below 9%, and Lake County’s sits just above 11.5%.

Hospitalizations and ICU use by Covid patients did tick up statewide once again, but are still lower than their levels at this point last week…and remain nearly 35-hundred hospital beds and 900 ICU beds lower than April 28th highs.