Health authorities said 71 new cases of coronavirus had been reported across the state of Connecticut late this week.

According to the office of Gov. Ned Lamont, another nine fatalities were attributed to coronavirus or complications from the viral infection in the latest reporting period, released Friday afternoon. The death toll was updated to 4,335 fatalities.

Fairfield County continues to lead the state in the number of hospitalizations, with 31 reported patients under treatment, followed by 27 patients in New London and Hartford counties.

As of July 3, the state will issue the reports five days a week, not every day. The Monday report will cover the weekend data.

The overall trend is showing positive signs, according to health authorities, such as a testing rate at 0.7 percent, and new cases well under 1 per 1,000. The hospitalization rate is 95 patients overall across the state, a drop of six from the day before.

As the acting Public Health Commissioner Dr. Deidre Gifford said at a Thursday briefing, “Things are going well for us right now from a public health perspective in the state of Connecticut.”

Gifford offered a reminder for the public over the holiday weekend: “Outdoor gatherings are safer than indoor gatherings, that’s a general rule.”