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COVID plateau continues as vaccines accelerate


The state of Wisconsin reported just under 2,300 new coronavirus tests on Friday, of which 390 were positive, for a positive test rate of just over 17 percent. The seven-day average of new cases per day fell from 410 to 387.

The seven-day positive rate, which would be less subject day to day fluctuations in testing, held at 2.2 percent for the third consecutive day.

The state reported six new deaths on Thursday, increasing the total death toll at 6,562. The seven-day average of daily deaths remained at five for the second consecutive day.

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

The state also reported Monday that more than 811,000 Wisconsin residents have completed the COVID-19 vaccination series, more than 50,000 since Thursday. In all, more than 2.2 million vaccine doses have been administered to nearly 1.4 million people.

The estimated number of active cases — diagnosed in the past 30 days — held at just under 6,400, about 1.1 percent of the 571,610 total cases confirmed in Wisconsin.