The percentage of coronavirus tests coming back positive fell to 9.2 percent Monday after two days above 10 percent. According to Department of Health Services and county data, 542 new cases of coronoavirus out of a total of about 5,300 reported tests. Today’s new numbers bring the statewide total to 32,119. Of those, over 6,000 remain active — up from 5,900 yesterday.
There were no new deaths reported for the third consecutive day, leaving the total death toll at 796.
The largest local increase was in Milwaukee County, with 203 new cases and 12.9 percent of tests coming back positive. Dane County also saw a continued increase in cases with 89 new positive tests.
Several other counties saw double-digit increases and high positive test rates, including:
Brown County: 31 new cases, 13.4 percent positive tests
Marathon County: 15 new cases, 11.1 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 12 new cases, 10.4 percent positive tests
Rock County: 41 new cases, 31 percent positive tests
St Croix County: 13 new cases, 17.3 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 33 new cases, 17.3 percent positive tests
Hospitalizations statewide rose slightly to 255, 11 more than yesterday and 19 more than a week ago. Of those currently hospitalized for COVID-19, 69 require intensive care. Additionally, 172 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.
The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out. Thirty percent of total cases are now Latino people. 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 2.7 percent have died.