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Percentage of positive coronavirus tests holds steady as 12 die — 10 in Milwaukee County


The percentage of tests coming back positive held at under four percent for the second straight day Tuesday as many more tests were reported — over 10,000 — and 370 new positive cases were reported.

Additionally, 12 people succumbed to COVID19 since this time Monday — 10 in Milwaukee County — bringing the total death toll to 607.

The largest local increase in new cases today comes from Milwaukee County, with 204 new cases and nearly eight percent of tests coming back positive.

Several other counties saw small numbers of new cases but large percentages of positive tests, including:

Portage County: 3 new cases, 15% positive tests
Racine County: 29 new cases, 6.3% positive tests
Vilas County: 1 new case, 12% positive tests
Winnebago County: 5 new cases, 83% positive tests
Waukesha County: 21 new cases, 13.8% positive tests.

Hospitalizations fell to 388, 15 fewer more than Monday. Of those currently hospitalized, 139 require intensive care. Additionally, 209 people are hospitalized and awaiting test results.

The rate of disparity in Latino populations continues to stand out — 33.5 percent of total cases are now Latino people, and 37 percent of today’s new cases. Latinos make up just seven percent of the state’s overall population.

Similarly, 19 percent of all cases are Black people, who also make up 25 percent of deaths. Black people make up just six percent of the state’s population.

DHS also reports that 64 percent of those confirmed to have been infected have recovered and 3.3 percent have died, leaving about 6,100 active, confirmed infections in the state.