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Over 1,000 new coronavirus cases confirmed as positive test rate nears 10 percent


The rate of coronavirus tests returning positive results jumped to 9.8 percent — up from 7.6 on Tuesday — as just over 10,000 tests returned 1,021 positive results, according to Wisconsin state and county public health data. The 1,021 new cases bring the total case count for Wisconsin to 64,227. Of those, just over 9,000 are considered active, about 100 more than Thursday.

For the third consecutive day, seven more fatalities were reported — two in Waukesha County and one each in Brown, Marathon, Sheboygan, Washington and Winnebago Counties — increasing the death toll in Wisconsin to 1,025. Additionally, 18 people who tested positive for coronavirus infection have died of other causes, and are not counted as covid fatalities.

Today’s data brings the seven-day average of new cases to 780 and the 14-day average to 787. Over the past seven days, the percentage of positive tests has averaged 7.28 percent.

Wisconsin has averaged five deaths per day over the past week and seven per day over the past two weeks, for a total of 91 in the past 14 days.

The highest local new case count came in Milwaukee County, with 213 new cases and 11.53 percent of tests coming back positive.

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

Brown County: 34 new cases, 6.87 percent positive tests
Calumet County: 17 new cases, 8.99 percent positive tests
Dane County: 83 new cases, 12.3 percent positive tests
Dodge County: 19 new cases, 10.73 percent positive tests
Eau Claire County: 16 new cases, 5.84 percent positive tests
Fond du Lac County: 32 new cases, 28.32 percent positive tests
Grant County: 12 new cases, 30 percent positive tests.
Jefferson County: 13 new cases, 6.05 percent positive tests
Kenosha County: 16 new cases, 9.2 percent positive tests
Manitowoc County: 12 new cases, 54.55 percent positive tests
Marinette County: 30 new cases, 27.03 percent positive tests
Outagamie County: 28 new cases, 5.98 percent positive tests
Ozaukee County: 20 new cases, 17.54 percent positive tests
Portage County: 10 new cases, 11.9 percent positive tests
Racine County: 44 new cases, 7.33 percent positive tests
Sauk County: 11 new cases,  11.96 percent positive tests
Sheboygan County: 10 new cases, 9.43 percent positive tests
Walworth County: 29 new cases,  11.55 percent positive tests
Washington County: 41 new cases, 31.54 percent positive tests
Waukesha County: 142 new cases, 11.97 percent positive tests
Waupaca County: 14 new cases, 21.31 percent positive tests
Winnebago County: 19 new cases, 3.24 percent positive tests
Wood County: 12 new cases, 16.82 percent positive tests

Also Tuesday, hospitalizations due to coronavirus infection fell to 336, 18 more than Thursday and 14 more than a week ago. Of those, 110 were in intensive care units, one more than Thursday.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations has improved but continues to stand out. More than 23 percent of total cases are now Latino people, as well as 12.2 percent of today’s new positive cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 14 percent of all cases are Black people, as are 21 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 1.6 percent of all covid cases in Wisconsin have died, while 84 percent have recovered and 14 percent remain active.