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Illi­nois’ June av­er­age for daily COVID-19 deaths about half that of peak month of May

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- BY MITCHELL ARMENTROUT, STAFF RE­PORTER mar­men­trout@sun­times.com | @mitchtrout Health · Coronavirus (COVID-19) · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen

As coro­n­avirus cases flare to record highs in other states that re­opened ear­lier, Illi­nois closed out the month of June with an­other round of low daily num­bers Tues­day, in­di­cat­ing the state’s pan­demic curve is still arc­ing down­ward — for now.

The Illi­nois De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health an­nounced 23 ad­di­tional deaths at­trib­uted to COVID-19 and 724 newly con­firmed cases of the virus. That raises the state’s death toll to 6,923 among the 143,185 peo­ple who have tested pos­i­tive for the virus since late Jan­uary.

The state av­er­aged about half as many new cases and deaths each day in June com­pared to May, when Illi­nois hit its ap­par­ent coro­n­avirus peak.

The state suf­fered al­most half its over­all caseload and death toll in May, with about 67,300 pos­i­tive di­ag­noses and 3,076 lives lost. That means of­fi­cials an­nounced an av­er­age of about 99 deaths and 2,172 new cases per day.

Com­pare that to June, which saw 1,547 coro­n­avirus deaths and al­most 23,000 new cases. As the state re­ported some of its low­est daily counts since March, June av­er­aged about 52 deaths and 764 new cases an­nounced per day.

Over­all, the state has seen about 66 coro­n­avirus deaths daily since the first was con­firmed in mid-March.

An ad­di­tional 201 deaths and 1,053 in­fec­tions span­ning the pan­demic are con­sid­ered to have been “prob­a­ble” but untested cases of COVID-19.

And an out­size por­tion of the ef­fect of the coro­n­avirus has been felt in Illi­nois’ nurs­ing homes and other long-term care fa­cil­i­ties: 3,772 deaths among 22,170 cases.

Lab­o­ra­to­ries re­ceived more than 31,000 test re­sults and have tested more than 1.6 mil­lion peo­ple, with the rolling pos­i­tiv­ity rate in the last week stand­ing at 2.6%.

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