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COVID cases down but positive test rate climbs again


The state of Wisconsin reported just under 3,200 new coronavirus tests on Monday, of which 402 were positive. With more than 1,370 cases reported over the weekend, the seven-day average of new cases per day rose to 789.

The seven-day positive rate, which would be less subject day to day fluctuations in testing, rose back to 3.8 percent. It had fallen to 3.7 percent Sunday.

The state reported three new deaths on Monday, increasing the total death toll to 6,680.

The seven-day average of daily deaths held at six.

Since March 2020, an additional 159 people have tested positive for COVID but died of other causes.

The estimated number of active cases — diagnosed in the past 30 days — fell slightly to just over 8,400, about 1.4 percent of the 585,625 total cases confirmed in Wisconsin.

The state also reported Monday that more than 1.42 million Wisconsin residents have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series. The state says an average of more than 58,00 doses are being administered each day. In all, more than 3.5 million vaccine doses have been administered to more than 2.1 million people.