The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive rose to 5.7 percent Thursday with a single-day record 754 new cases being confirmed, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Today’s new numbers bring the statewide total to 34,005. Of those, just over 6,300 remain active, matching the highest total reported to date.
There were two new deaths reported Thursday — one in Brown County and one in Dane County — bringing the total death toll to 809.
The largest local increase was in Milwaukee County, with 262 new cases and 10.3 percent of tests coming back positive.
Several other counties saw double-digit increases and high positive test rates, including:
Brown County: 36 new cases, 16.1 percent positive tests
Dane County: 60 new cases, 2 percent positive tests
Jefferson County: 12 new cases, 6.3 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 38 new cases, 26.2 percent positive tests
La Crosse County: 16 new cases, 6.04 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 16 new cases, 6 percent positive tests
Racine County: 22 new cases, 5.35 percent positive tests
Rock County: 18 new cases, 5.95 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 10 new cases, 5.8 percent positive tests
Washington County: 17 new cases, 29.4 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 43 new cases, 6 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 21 new cases, 26 percent positive tests
Hospitalizations statewide rose to 284, 10 more than yesterday and 48 more than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 76 require intensive care. Additionally, 168 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.
The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out. Twenty-nine percent of total cases are now Latino people, as well as 16.8 percent of today’s new cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.
Similarly, 17 percent of all cases are Black people, as are 24 percent of total COVID-19 related deaths in the state. Black people make up just six percent of the state’s population.
DHS also reports that just under 79 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and 2.6 percent have died.