The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results fell Monday to 5.6 percent — down from 9.1 — as about 7,100 tests returned 404 positive results, according to state and county public health data. That is the lowest number of tests processed in a day in several weeks. The 404 new cases brings the total case count for Wisconsin to 55,328. Of those, just under 9,900 are considered active, about 100 fewer than Sunday.
One more fatality was reported, in Winnebago County, bringing the total death toll to 949. Additionally, 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus infection have died of other causes, and are not counted as covid fatalities.
The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 128 new cases and 10.93 percent of tests coming back positive.
Other localities with higher case totals and positive tests rates include:
Dane County: 32 new cases, 5.06 percent positive tests
Fond du Lac County: 11 new cases, 88.24 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 25 new cases, 1.9 percent positive tests
Marinette County: 16 new cases, 19.77 percent positive tests
Monroe County: 10 new cases, 4.9 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 11 new cases, 71.43 percent positive tests
Sheboygan County: 13 new cases, 12.37 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 21 new cases, 4.2 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 31 new cases, 17.24 percent positive tests
Limited hospitalization data is available again after the state DHS and Wisconsin Hospital Association spent nearly two weeks re-configuring their reporting protocols due to new federal guidelines. Currently in Wisconsin, 345 people are hospitalized due to coronavirus infection, nine fewer than yesterday.
The rate of disparity in Latino populations has improved but continues to stand out. More than 24 percent of total cases are now Latino people, as well as about five percent of today’s new positive cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.
Similarly, 15 percent of all cases are Black people, as are 22 percent of total COVID-19 related deaths in the state. Black people make up just six percent of the state’s population.
The state now reports that 1.7 percent of all covid cases in Wisconsin have died, while 80.4 percent have recovered and 17.8 percent remain active.