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Fewer tests yield 1,865 new cases; 7-day positive test rate drops slightly


The state of Wisconsin confirmed 1,865 new coronavirus cases Sunday on just over 10,800 tests. Those results bring the total case count to 132,663, of which just over 24,000 are considered active, about 1,000 more than yesterday.

Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services has changed the way it reports data to more accurately reflect the situation, attributing both positive and negative tests to the dates they were processed, not the dates that the data was reported to DHS. This will give a more accurate report of the percentage of tests returning positive results, but will render the daily percentages as we have been reporting them irrelevant. Therefore we will now only report the seven-day positive test rate, and will no longer report daily percentages for the state or counties.

The state is also reporting this percentage by test, and by person, to account for the fact that some people receive multiple negative tests.

Given these new criteria, Wisconsin’s seven-day of positive tests by person is 17.1 percent, and by test is 9.1 percent — meaning 9.1 percent of the tests given in the past seven days were positive, while 17.1 percent of the people tested were positive.

Today’s data brings the seven-day average of new cases to 2,400.


A sharp increase in deaths due to coronavirus infection continued with five more fatalities were reported — one each in Dodge, Forest, Shawano, Waukesha and Wood Counties — bringing the total death toll rose by five to 1,377.

Wisconsin has averaged 13.71 deaths per day over the past week.

Hospitalization data was not updated at the time of publication Sunday. A sharp increase in hospitalizations continued Saturday with 692 currently hospitalized, 29 more than yesterday and 118 more than a week ago, and the highest to date. Of those, 200 are in intensive care units, 19 more that Friday.

The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 226.

Other localities with higher case totals and positive tests rates include:

Brown County: 55
Calumet County: 55
Chippewa County: 11
Columbia County: 37
Dane County:  113
Dodge County: 41
Door County:  15
Eau Claire County: 23
Fond du Lac County: 40
Grant County: 38
Green County: 16
Green Lake County: 13
Jefferson County: 38
Juneau County: 11
Kenosha County: 20
Kewaukee County: 17
La Crosse County: 15
Langlade County: 29
Lincoln County: 18
Manitowoc County: 66
Marathon County: 51
Marinette County: 18
Marquette County: 12
Menominee County: 12
Milwaukee County: 226
Monroe County: 21
Oconto County: 21
Oneida County: 23
Outagamie County: 105
Ozaukee County: 20
Portage County: 32
Racine County: 44
Richland County: 18
Sauk County: 18
Shawano County: 74
Sheboygan County: 14
St Croix County: 25
Vilas County: 14
Walworth County: 21
Washington County: 43
Waukesha County: 59
Waupaca County: 45
Winnebago County: 164
Wood County: 20